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EDUC251 Education in New Zealand: Policy and Treaty Issues

A critical examination of policy, school management and Treaty issues in New Zealand education with special focus on changes in the 1980s and 1990s.

E kā mana, e kā reo, e kā karakaranga maha o te motu! Mihi mai, tauti mai, whakatau mai ki te tautoko te kaupapa o tēnei wā. Nō reira, tēnā rā koutou katoa!

What does the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi have to do with education today? What do neo-liberal business theories have to do with education?

The course examines post-Treaty historical developments in relations between Māori and Pākehā subsequent to the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, (the Treaty of Waitangi), the emergence of neo-liberalism, with special regard to the practice and organisation of education. Attention is directed to the restructuring in education since 1984, to the philosophical arguments that support and oppose such changes, and to the effects of such changes for all students. Human rights, responsibilities and respect in relation to Te Tiriti o Waitangi education are explored further in relation to national and international human rights commitments.

Paper title Education in New Zealand: Policy and Treaty Issues
Paper code EDUC251
Subject Education
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (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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EDUC 101 or EDUC 102 or 108 points
EDUX 251
Schedule C
Arts and Music
With approval, students who have passed EDUC105 prior to 2017 may be admitted without the normal prerequisite.

Dr Rachel Martin

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Rachel Martin
Associate Professor Susan Sandretto

Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

Face-to-face learning and Blackboard.

Readings on eReserve.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this paper, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyse the application of te Tiriti o Waitangi to educational institutions
  2. Identify and describe the processes and specific events in relation to the restructuring of education and state policy since the election of the fourth Labour Government in 1984
  3. Critically reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the underpinning discourses of particular educational policies
  4. Examine the effects of particular policies, propose alternative policy discourses, and make links from policy to professional practice

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41