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EDPR151 Te Mōhiotanga

An introduction to ethical, legal, and practical requirements of the primary teaching profession, and an examination of self-identities and policies related to te reo me ngā tikanga Māori.

Paper title Te Mōhiotanga
Paper code EDPR151
Subject Education
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (20 February 2023 - 24 November 2023) (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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Limited to
Te Pōkai Mātauranga o Te Ao Rua (Primary Bicultural Education) students only.

Parker Ormond,

Teaching staff

Parker Ormond

Julie Mynes

Paper Structure
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Teacher as professional
  • The ethical teacher
  • Personal culture/self-identity
  • Effective communication, management, and classroom relationships
  • Inclusive classroom strategies
  • Māori education related policies
  • Introduction to and a broader exploration of selected concepts within te ao Māori – whakapapa, tikanga, pūrakau/pakiwaitara, whakataukī/whakatauākī.
  • Research into personal aspects of personal mihi and pepeha
  • The reflective teacher
Teaching Arrangements

This paper is only taught on the Southland campus.
The paper includes a practicum component in local schools.


Required Texts:

  • Ministry of Education (2007). The New Zealand Curriculum for English-medium teaching and learning in years 1-13. Wellington, New Zealand: Learning Media.
  • Ministry of Education. (2009) Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako I te Reo Māori - Kura Auraki - Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te Re Māori in English Medium Schools Years 1-13. Wellington, New Zealand: Learning Media.
  • Ministry of Education. (2011). Tataiako Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners.
  • Ministry of Education. (2013). Ka Hikitia - Accelerating Success 2013-2017 - The Māori Education Strategy.
  • Ministry of Education. (2017). Our Code, Our Standards:  Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession.

Recommended texts (these will be used throughout the programme over your three years of study):

  • Barlow, C. (1991). Tikanga whakaaro: Key concepts in māori culture. Oxford University Press.
  • Mead, H. (2016). Tikanga māori: Living by māori values (revised ed.). Huia Publications.
  • Williams, H.W. (1971). Dictionary of the māori language. Legislation Direct.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  • Identify and demonstrate an emerging awareness of the professional, ethical, legal, and practical requirements of teachers
  • Design, implement, evaluate, and critically reflect on learning experiences
  • Demonstrate understanding of policies related to the inclusion of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori (Māori language and culture) within education settings and apply to selected concepts from within te ao Māori (Māori worldview)
  • Identify and develop the identity of self and others within educational contexts
  • Demonstrate an emerging understanding of own assumptions and beliefs

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1st Non standard period (20 February 2023 - 24 November 2023)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:30-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 09:00-10:20 9-13, 16-18, 21-22
Friday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 17-18, 21-22