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EDUC240 Education in Aotearoa/New Zealand

An introduction to education and children's learning in the context of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

This paper explores how different socio-cultural contexts influence children's learning.

Paper title Education in Aotearoa/New Zealand
Paper code EDUC240
Subject Education
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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EDPR 240
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Limited to Study Abroad and Exchange students enrolled in initial teacher education programmes at approved partner institutions in their home countries.
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Melissa Bell
Lecturer: Dr Kim Brown

Paper Structure

Introduction to culture and schooling

  • A focus on how social inequalities are reproduced in education based on assumptions about students' ethnicity, culture, social class and linguistic diversity
  • Introduction to differing conceptions of culture and links to education
  • Kaupapa Māori developments in education
  • Treaty principles
  • The power of teacher beliefs to shape student achievement, particularly with regard to culture

Education systems

  • Political theories and education

The learning process

  • Information processing and cognitive and social learning
  • Socio-constructivism and the role of culture in learning

Implementing learning

  • Teacher beliefs and effects

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  1. Appreciate differences in learning arising from individual and cultural contexts (in particular comparing their own context with that of New Zealand)
  2. Develop a critical awareness of the relationship between education, culture and society
  3. Describe and critique several theoretical frameworks for understanding the learning process
  4. Understand how knowledge about learning can be implemented in educational settings

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-14


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-10:50 19
Monday 09:00-11:50 18, 20
Monday 10:00-11:50 19
Monday 14:00-15:50 9-14, 16-17, 21