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EDCR203 Te Ohonga Ake o ngā Marautanga

Te Ohonga Ake o ngā Marautanga is the awakening of bicultural curriculum knowledge. Students develop understanding of bicultural practice consistent with Te Whāriki.

Paper title Te Ohonga Ake o ngā Marautanga
Paper code EDCR203
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $846.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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18 EDUC points and EDCR 101 and EDCR 102 and (EICT 198 or EICT 199) and (ELIT 198 or ELIT 199) and (EMAT 197 or EMAT 198)
Pre or Corequisite
EDCR 201
Limited to
BEdSt, BTchg
Early Childhood Education students only.

Southland: Parker Ormond (

Teaching staff
Dr Alex Gunn (Dunedin)
Parker Ormond (Southland); Meredith Kelly (Southland)
Paper Structure

Origins of Māori tikanga and concepts

  • Creation story
  • Māori atua
  • Māori legends and pūrākau
  • Māori image of the child
  • Role of the marae and marae protocol
  • Related language

Teaching approaches and strategies

  • Kaupapa Māori pedagogies for teaching and learning
  • Te reo Māori
  • Place-based pedagogy
  • Related language

Bicultural early childhood curriculum

  • Current policies and related documents
  • Te Whāriki as a bicultural curriculum - philosophy and framework
  • Related language

Kaupapa Māori assessment for learning

  • Te Whatu Pōkeka
  • Related language

Required Texts:

  • Hemara, W. (2000). Māori pedagogies - a view from the literature. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
  • Lee, W., Carr, M., Soutar, B., & Mitchell, L. (2013). Weaving: Documentation, assessment and planning. Understanding the Te Whāriki approach: Early education in practice (107-133). Oxon: Routledge.
  • Ministry of Education. (1996). Te Whāriki: He whāriki matauranga mo ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa: Early childhood curriculum. Wellington, New Zealand: Learning Media.
  • Ministry of Education. (2009). Te Whatu Pōkeka: Kaupapa Māori Assessment for Learning. Early Childhood Exemplars. Wellington, New Zealand: Learning Media.
  • Ministry of Education. (2011). Tātaiako: Cultural competencies for teachers of Māori learners. Wellington: Ministry of Education and New Zealand Teachers Council.
  • Ministry of Education. (2013). Ka Hikitia - Accelerating Success : 2013-2017 Māori Education Strategy. Māori Education Strategy. Ministry of Education: Crown Copyright.
  • Nuttall, J. (Ed.) (2013). Weaving Te Whāriki: Aotearoa New Zealand's early childhood curriculum document in theory and practice (2nd ed.). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  1. Describe how perspectives from te ao Māori have shaped early childhood curriculum in New Zealand
  2. Critically examine teaching approaches and strategies for the effective integration of Māori pedagogies in practice, including the Māori language
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of kaupapa Māori assessment for learning
  4. Plan for the implementation of bicultural early childhood curriculum
  5. Demonstrate contextually relevant use of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system