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EDUC240 Education in Aotearoa/New Zealand

An introduction to education and children's learning in the context of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

This paper explores how different socio-cultural contexts influence children's learning.

Introduction to culture and schooling:

  • A focus on how social inequalities are reproduced in education based on assumptions about students' ethnicity, culture, social class and linguistic diversity
  • Introduction to differing conceptions of culture and links to education
  • Kaupapa Māori developments in education
  • Treaty principles
  • The power of teacher beliefs to shape student achievement, particularly with regard to culture
Education systems:
  • Political theories and education
The learning process:
  • Information processing and cognitive and social learning
  • Socio-constructivism and the role of culture in learning
Implementing learning:
  • Teacher beliefs and effects

Paper title Education in Aotearoa/New Zealand
Paper code EDUC240
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (26 February 2018 - 8 June 2018)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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EDPR 240
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Limited to Study Abroad and Exchange students enrolled in initial teacher education programmes at approved partner institutions in their home countries.
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Teaching staff
Dr Ruth Gasson
Recommended Texts:

Arthur, L. Beecher, B., Death, E. Dockett, S. & Farmer, S. (2012). Programming and planning in early childhood settings (5th ed), South Melbourne, Victoria., Australia: Thomson.

McGee, C. & Fraser, D. (Eds). (2011). The professional practice of teaching (4th ed.). Melbourne: Cengage Learning.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper, students will be able to:
  1. Appreciate differences in learning arising from individual and cultural contexts (in particular comparing their own context with that of New Zealand)
  2. Develop a critical awareness of the relationship between education, culture and society
  3. Describe and critique several theoretical frameworks for understanding the learning process
  4. Understand how knowledge about learning can be implemented in educational settings

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1st Non standard period (26 February 2018 - 8 June 2018)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9, 12-13, 15-16


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 9, 12-13, 15-16
T4 Thursday 15:00-16:50 9, 12-13, 15-16
U1 Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-17, 23