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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 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (On campus)
Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $912.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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18 EDUC points and EDCR 101, EDCR 102, EDCR 202, ELIT 199 and EMAT 197
Pre or Corequisite
EDCR 201
Limited to
Early Childhood Education students only.

Paper Co-ordinators: Meredith Kelly
Amie Curtis

Teaching staff

Dunedin: Amie Curtis
Southland: Parker Ormond
Meredith Kelly

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:

  • Gunn, A. & Nuttall, J. (Ed.). (2019). Weaving te whāriki: Aotearoa New Zealand's early childhood curriculum document in theory and practice, (3rd ed). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER.
  • New Zealand Ministry of Education. (2017). Te whāriki: He whāriki matauranga mo ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa: Early childhood curriculum. Wellington, New Zealand: Learning Media.
  • Ka’ai, T .M., Moorfield, J.C., Feilly, M.P.J., & Mosley, S. (Eds.). (2010). Ki te whaiao: An introduction to Māori Culture and Society. New Zealand: Pearson Education.
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:

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

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41