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EDCR135 Introduction to The New Zealand Curriculum and Social Sciences

An introduction to The New Zealand Curriculum and the learning area of the Social Sciences.

This paper introduces students to The New Zealand Curriculum and the content area of Social Sciences. Students will explore their own understanding of the role of teacher, student, and school. This course will lay the foundation for the rest of the programme as students gain an emerging awareness of Our Code Our Standards, Tātaiako, Tapasā, and UDL. The second half of the course investigates New Zealand histories though the subject area of Social Sciences.

This paper introduces students to The New Zealand Curriculum and the content area of Social Sciences. Students will explore their own understanding of the role of teacher, student, and school. This course will lay the foundation for the rest of the programme as students gain an emerging awareness of Our Code Our Standards, Tātaiako, Tapasā, and UDL. The second half of the course investigates New Zealand histories though the subject area of Social Sciences.

Paper title Introduction to The New Zealand Curriculum and Social Sciences
Paper code EDCR135
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (On campus)
Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $887.55
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
BTchg
Notes
Primary Education students only.
Contact

steven.sexton@otago.ac.nz

Contact

steven.sexton@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Steven Sexton

Teaching staff: TBC

Paper Structure

Personal and life worlds

  • What is teaching?
  • What is learning?
  • What is education?
  • Who is education for?
  • Reflecting on own learning journey
  • Prior learning

Education

  • What has shaped and influenced the education system in Aotearoa New Zealand? (Whose voices? Whose values? Whose beliefs?)
  • What is The New Zealand Curriculum?
  • Values, Code, and Standards underpinning the New Zealand teaching profession
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi and curriculum
  • An introduction to key policy shifts in NZ education and schooling (e.g., Tātaiako, Tapasā)
  • Pedagogy
  • Teaching and learning approaches (e.g., UDL)
  • Planning and assessment
  • Te reo me ngā tikanga Māori

Social Sciences

  • New Zealand’s histories
  • Culture & Identity
  • Social Inquiry
  • Effective pedagogy in Social Sciences
Textbooks

to be advised

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this paper, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate how culture shapes our understanding and experience of curriculum, teaching, and learning
  • Demonstrate an emerging awareness of the significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to education in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical foundation, structure, and language of the learning area of Social Sciences
  • Examine pedagogical approaches underpinning the learning area of Social Sciences
  • Demonstrate effective planning and assessment for teaching inclusive of all learners
  • Apply concepts of cultural identity and diversity to Social Science contexts

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Timetable

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 18-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 13:00-14:50 9-13, 18-22
A2 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 9-13, 18-22
A3 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 18-22
A4 Thursday 08:00-09:50 9-13, 18-22

Semester 1

Location
Invercargill
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 9-15, 17-18, 21-22

An introduction to The New Zealand Curriculum and the learning area of the Social Sciences.

EDCR 135 Introduction to The New Zealand Curriculum/ Social Sciences introduces you to the New Zealand Curriculum. You will be exploring the vision, values and learning areas taught in all schools in Aotearoa. This paper also introduces you to the curriculum area of Social Sciences.  

Paper title Introduction to The New Zealand Curriculum and Social Sciences
Paper code EDCR135
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (On campus)
Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2023 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
BTchg
Notes
Primary Education students only.
Contact

Andrea Robertson - andrea.robertson@otago.ac.nz

Contact

steven.sexton@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Dunedin: Andrea Robertson and Karina Nafatali

Invercargill: Julie Mynes

Paper Structure

Introduction to the New Zealand Curriculum

  • What is The New Zealand Curriculum?
  • Values, vision and key competencies underpinning the New Zealand teaching profession
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi and curriculum
  • Introduction to planning
  • Overview of all curriculum learning areas
  • Building relationships with ākonga

Social Sciences

  • New Zealand’s histories
  • Culture & Identity
  • Social Inquiry
  • Effective pedagogy in Social Sciences
Textbooks

Ministry of Education. (2007). The New Zealand Curriculum. Wellington, New Zealand: Learning Media

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an emerging awareness of the significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to education in Aotearoa New Zealand; 
  2. Examine personal cultural understandings and experiences of curriculum, teaching, and learning; 
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical foundation, structure, and language of the learning area of Social Sciences; 
  4. Examine pedagogical approaches, assumptions and stereotypes underpinning the learning area of Social Sciences and within the New Zealand Curriculum; and  
  5. Demonstrate an emerging understanding of planning and assessment. 

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Timetable

Semester 1

Location
Invercargill
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 9-14, 16-18, 21-22

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-12, 16-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 13:00-14:50 9-12, 16-22
A2 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 9-12, 16-22
A3 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 9-12, 16-22
A4 Thursday 13:00-14:50 9-12, 16-22