TEPC762-18A (HAM)

Social Studies Education

8.5 Points

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Te Kura Toi Tangata
Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education
Te Hononga Curriculum and Pedagogy


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Paper Description

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This paper focuses on The New Zealand Curriculum (Ministry of Education, 2007) Social Sciences learning area's conceptual structure and organisation, Achievement Objectives, and Social Inquiry skills processes, as applied in a variety of Primary schooling settings through Years 1-8. In this paper social studies pedagogy is facilitated through relevant and interesting contexts, resources, and media. PLs and workshops (online & on campus) aim to exemplify and support your teacher understandings of what is expected and possible for young learners through Levels 1-4 Achievement Objectives. Social studies pedagogy is informed by the curriculum policies - The New Zealand Curriculum (Ministry of Education, 2007) and Te Marautanga O Aotearoa (Ministry of Education, 2008).

Professional knowledge and practice

Social Studies is the core curricula in the Aotearoa New Zealand Curriculum for Years 1-10 students. This paper covers the foundational theory and pedagogy necessary for implementing powerful Social Studies programmes in primary school classrooms (Years 1-8). The paper's objectives and pedagogy align with the Graduating Teacher Standards, in particular those standards that relate to Professional Knowledge (1 a,b,c,d), (2 a,b,c,d), (3 a,b,c) and Professional Practice (4 a,b,c,d,e,f), (5 a,b,c) (Education Council New Zealand, 2017).

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Paper Structure

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Blended Learning Paper Delivery: PLs, Online Pedagogy and On Campus Workshops

Principal lectures

In 2018 Dr Philippa Hunter will coordinate and teach the Semester A Primary Graduate (HAM) Social Studies Education paper over 11 weeks of Principal Lectures (PLs). Paper information, professional expectations, weekly pedagogy contexts/applications/readings, and assessment requirements will be introduced and/or reinforced at the lectures. PL attendance is expected as a professional and collegial responsibility. PL sessions feature a mix of pedagogy - including follow up from online support applications, and interactive work. BYOD to all PLs and On Campus Workshops.

Online independent pedagogy

Online activities will be posted on the paper's Moodle site for 6 of the 11 weeks of the paper (26 Feb.; 05/12/19 March; 30 April; 07 May). These activities involve a range of PL related activities - E.g. readings' work, discussion, interactive/digital engagement, planning/ programming, assessment preparation etc. Some weeks will require forum responses/ activities. Other week's you are required to keep a record of your work as hard copy to assist your assessment preparation and engagement with PL contents.

On campus workshops

3 x on campus workshops for are scheduled for each Group (811 & 812): Weeks 13, 15, 20. GROUP 811 SOC (TUE 9.00-11.00am Room TC2.66); GROUP 812 SOC (THU 12.30-2.30pm Room TA2.06).

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Explain the nature, purpose, and structural elements of Social Studies as the core subject of the Social Sciences Learning Area of The New Zealand Curriculum (Ministry of Education, 2007);
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  • Apply and evaluate the conceptual, contextual, and multiple literacies aims of social studies for young citizens;
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  • Demonstrate the ability to research, resource, and plan for issues-based social inquiry;
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  • Evaluate contemporary research as evidence-based practice that influences teacher decision-making about social studies pedagogies and contexts.
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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. Researching Social Studies: Working Paper
9 Apr 2018
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Issue-Based Social Inquiry (e-Portfolio)
27 May 2018
5:00 PM
  • Online: EPortfolio System
3. Online Workshop Engagement
27 May 2018
5:00 PM
  • 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 text

Harcourt, M., Milligan, A., & B. Wood (2016). Teaching social studies for critical active citizenship in Aotearoa New Zealand. Wellington, NZCER Press.

This text is available from NZCER, The University Bookshop, The University Library, and as an E- book: mebooks.co.nz; Kindle amazon.com

Social studies readings
All readings for social studies are available online through the Waikato University Library. You can download the interactive list from the Moodle page for this course.

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Online Support

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The (HAM) paper is designated on campus for 12 x weekly PLs and 3 x scheduled weeks of on campus workshops. For 7 x weeks of the paper, guided online workshops will operate as the paper's pedagogy. The PLs and the TECP762(HAM) Moodle site will detail expectations of online pedagogy to complement the PL contexts.

Online pedagogy is a paper requirement, and contributes to the 20% evaluative weighting of the paper that acknowledges independent study, activities' engagement and interest.

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This paper has a credit value of 8.5 points. It is expected that you will complete a minimum of 85 hours of study to successfully obtain a passing grade for this paper. This includes PLs, online pedagogy, assignment research and preparation, accessing resources,and on campus workshops.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper sits within the Primary Graduate DipTchg programme. This paper is also coordinated and developed as the paper foundation for the

TEPC762 (Block) version of delivery.

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Restricted papers: TEPC761

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