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    An introduction to The New Zealand Curriculum and the learning area of the Social Sciences.

    EDCR 135 Introduction to The New Zealand Curriculum/ Social Sciences introduces you to the New Zealand Curriculum. You will be exploring the vision, values and learning areas taught in all schools in Aotearoa. This paper also introduces you to the curriculum area of Social Sciences.  

    About this paper

    Paper title Introduction to The New Zealand Curriculum and Social Sciences
    Subject Education
    EFTS 0.1500
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (On campus)
    Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $937.50
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    Primary Education students only.

    Andrea Robertson -


    Andrea Robertson -

    Teaching staff

    Dunedin: Andrea Robertson and Karina Nafatali

    Invercargill: Julie Mynes

    Paper Structure

    Introduction to the New Zealand Curriculum

    • What is The New Zealand Curriculum?
    • Values, vision and key competencies underpinning the New Zealand teaching profession
    • Te Tiriti o Waitangi and curriculum
    • Introduction to planning
    • Overview of all curriculum learning areas
    • Building relationships with ākonga

    Social Sciences

    • New Zealand’s histories
    • Culture & Identity
    • Social Inquiry
    • Effective pedagogy in Social Sciences

    Ministry of Education. (2007). The New Zealand Curriculum. Wellington, New Zealand: Learning Media.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this paper, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an emerging awareness of the significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to education in Aotearoa New Zealand; 
    2. Examine personal cultural understandings and experiences of curriculum, teaching, and learning; 
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical foundation, structure, and language of the learning area of Social Sciences; 
    4. Examine pedagogical approaches, assumptions and stereotypes underpinning the learning area of Social Sciences and within the New Zealand Curriculum; and  
    5. Demonstrate an emerging understanding of planning and assessment. 


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-11, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 13:00-14:50 9-11, 15-22
    A2 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 9-11, 15-22
    A4 Friday 10:00-11:50 9-11, 15-22

    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 13:00-15:50 9-11, 15-22
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