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EDUC401 Education in Historical Perspective

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An introduction to the principles and practice of education history, with a comparative focus on New Zealand and other Western contexts informed by social, cultural, gender and transnational histories.

This paper focuses on the development of education in New Zealand and compares this with education in its wider Western setting. These contexts will be set within wider trends, issues and methods of historical scholarship.

Paper content will cover:

  • Historical evolution of Western education
  • 19th- and 20th-century New Zealand education
  • Issues of historical practice and methodology
  • Selected themes: gender and access; imperial pedagogies; education and religion; the influence of culture, race and class; education and the state; globalisation; historical representations on film

Paper title Education in Historical Perspective
Paper code EDUC401
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,154.90
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,801.79

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54 300-level EDUC or EDUX points
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education.
Teaching staff
Dr Hugh Morrison
Teaching Arrangements
The paper will be designed around a mixture of mini-lectures, workshops, student seminars and guest presentations. Students will be fully engaged in the paper through reading, analysis, discussion and debate. They will become familiar with relevant research materials held by the Hocken Library and Archives New Zealand (Otago Region). Assessment will focus on critical reading, analysis and writing, primary research and seminar-type presentations. Students will be equipped with contextual understanding and with the skills necessary for further research-based postgraduate study.
  • Elizabeth Rata and Ros Sullivan (Eds). (2009). Introduction to the History of New Zealand Education. Auckland: Pearson.
  • Mark Johnson. (2012). Education in World History. New York and London: Routledge.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Critically examine the literature on selected topics in the history of education in 19th- and 20th-century New Zealand
  • Locate and understand New Zealand's educational history within wider contexts of historiography and international research
  • Locate and effectively utilise an appropriate range of primary and secondary sources
  • Design, research, present and write up a research essay on a specialised area of New Zealand's educational history
  • Analyse and critique the interplay of social, cultural, political, religious and economic factors shaping the historical development of national systems of education

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Not offered in 2021

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system