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EDUC341 Teaching in Context: Culturally Relevant Tchg in Aotearoa

An exploration of what it means to teach in contemporary Aotearoa education settings, including considerations of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, culturally relevant curriculum and pedagogy, education for social justice and inclusion.

Welcome to EDUC 341. In this paper we will explore some ideas from the fields of educational psychology, human development and sociology of education, striving to make sense of these for what it means to teach in contemporary Aotearoa and within early childhood education.

Paper title Teaching in Context: Culturally Relevant Tchg in Aotearoa
Paper code EDUC341
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Full Year (23 February 2018 - 23 November 2018)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $829.65
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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Limited to
(i) Compulsory for GradDipTchg GradDipTchg Early Childhood Education students. (ii) Subject to approval, this paper will be offered during a non-standard period comprising April -November rather than as a full-year paper.
Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Alex Gunn
Paper Structure
Te Tiriti o Waitangi and transformative education
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi: principles and practices within New Zealand education
  • Kaupapa Māori and Mātauranga Māori: Shaping education possibilities
  • Social justice, equity and inclusive education
  • Models of justice in education settings
  • What's fair in schooling? For whom and how would we know?
  • Inclusion as cultural politics
  • Diversity, difference and critical considerations of issues such as genders, sexualities, ethnicities and abilities
  • Constructing curriculum
  • Models of curriculum: historical and contemporary framings of education in Aotearoa
  • Relations between curriculum, assessment and pedagogies: learner and teacher possibilities
  • Negotiating critical and culturally relevant curriculum
  • Concepts of agency, power and educational subjectivities in curriculum
Required and Recommended Reading
  • Anning, A., Cullen J., & Fleer, M. (2009). Early childhood education: Society and culture. London: Sage.
  • Education Council (n.d.). Code of Ethics for Registered Teachers. Wellington: Author.
  • Education Council (n.d). Graduating Teacher Standards. Wellington: Author.
  • Education Council (n.d.). Tātaiako - Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners: A resource for use with the Graduating Teachers Standards and Practising Teacher Criteria. Wellington: Author.
  • Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations, 2008: New Zealand Legislation
  • Grey, A. & Clark, B. (2013). Ngā hurihanga ako kōhungahunga - Transformative teaching practices in early childhood education. Auckland: Pearson.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper, students will be able to
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi for teaching and learning in Aotearoa
  2. Articulate the transformative potential of education
  3. Critically examine constructions of curriculum
  4. Reflexively address conceptions of difference, diversity, inclusion and social justice as they relate with education, teaching and learning

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Full Year (23 February 2018 - 23 November 2018)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 14:00-16:50 15-20
B1 Thursday 14:00-16:50 28-32, 40-41
C1 Thursday 14:00-16:50 46-47