EDUCA504-20X (NET)

Critical Reflections on Decolonising Education Spaces

30 Points

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Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education


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Critical Reflections on Decolonising Education Spaces involves students critically reflecting back on their learning journals, together with a range of relevant literature and the work they have covered throughout the nine Poutama Pounamu blended learning modules in order to engage in a reflexive synthesis of their ongoing learnings.

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Paper Structure

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Points: 30 at 500 level.

Learning hours: 300.

Prerequisite begins when students enrol in the Poutama Pounamu blended learning course. All students must have completed all Modules 1 to 9 prior to enrolling in this paper. The blended learning involves two days faceo-to-face at wānanga followed by completion of set modules with feedback.

Delivery Mode: EDUCA504-20X(NET) begins in January and concludes on 31 March 2020. Completion of this paper will involve two assignments and online discussion amongst class members and tutors.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Demonstrate greater knowledge and understandings of the historical and contemporary factors associated with the disparities between Māori and non-Māori evident in wider society and in education today, and critical understandings about what they might do in response.
    • Demonstrate increased confidence to lead de-colonisation in the spaces where they have agency in order to promote greater equity, excellence and belonging.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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The assignments and dates on which they are due are included in this outline so you can make an immediate start on planning and organising your schedule of study. More in-depth assignment guidance will be provided online.

Unless otherwise advised, all work submitted must also include the following information, clearly marked on the first page:

  • Name of student
  • Student ID
  • Paper number and name
  • Name of Lecturer/Tutor
  • Due date


The meeting of deadlines is a mark of professionalism and its enforcement is essential for fairness to all students taking the paper. Handing in coursework on or before the due date also facilitates the timely return of marked work by the academic staff. Students should meet requirements as to time deadlines for coursework, or make a request for an extension or special consideration in appropriate circumstances. Failure to comply with requirements as to the time deadline for the assignments in this paper without having applied either for an extension or special consideration with supporting evidence before the due date will result in deduction of marks for each day the work is late. Lateness of more than a week may result in the work not being marked.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Essay
7 Feb 2020
12:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Learning journal and literature synthesis
13 Mar 2020
12:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Online Moodle discussion
27 Mar 2020
12:00 AM
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Required and recommended readings:

You will need to revisit the readings listed across the previous nine blended learning modules. Select some that have resonated with your or that have particularly impacted on the conversations you have had with your Ākonga. Consider how these relate to the assignments you will write as part of this paper and the conversations that you will have with other students in your cohort on the Moodle discussion forum.

Please note:There will be some you have not read. Take time to understand what each reading offers. It may help to create a brief synopsis of each reading for your own future study or sharing within the discussion forum.

The Wānanga readings, as listed on the blended learning platform, also need to be read, re-read and synthesised. All readings are a central part of the EDUCA504-20X(NET) paper.

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Online Support

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Online support is provided on the Moodle platform and through the Poutama Pounamu Learning platform.
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This paper has a credit value of 30 points. Students should expect to spend 200 hours in total on this paper. This consists of the online discussions, readings and preparation. Students should allow extra time for the preparation and completion of assessments.

The workload of this course will vary according to the abilities of students to read, engage with and absorb the materials. As a general estimate we recommend that students spend a minimum of 10 weeks on the paper.

Course material is set via Module 10 of the Poutama Pounamu Blended Learning. Work in this module will also need to be synthesised and discussed amongst students on the Moodle Forum. In addition, some topics will have additional materials and support accessible via Moodle.

Student participation in these online discussions is an essential requirement of the paper i.e. you must actively participate in these discussions, and also pass the other assessments, in order to achieve a pass grade.

Students will be expected to contribute to sessions by being as well prepared as possible. The online environment lends itself well to a reciprocal learning method amongst students and tutors; it is our belief that each of us has something important to contribute to the learning of the group. This is particularly important as we are not doing this work for ourselves alone but as part of a collective research whānau.

If you are unable to complete these obligations due to illness which lasts for more than one week, a medical certificate or similar documentation must be sent to your tutors/lecturers. In these cases there will be an opportunity to make up for missed contributions but you must stay in contact with your lecturers to make sure this is done in a timely fashion.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Participation in the Poutama Pounamu blended learning course and completion of Modules 1 - 9.
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Completion of the nine modules in the Poutama Pounamu blended learning course.




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