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    Te Ohonga Ake o ngā Marautanga is the awakening of bicultural curriculum knowledge. Students develop understanding of bicultural practice consistent with Te Whāriki.

    About this paper

    Paper title Te Ohonga Ake o ngā Marautanga
    Subject Education
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (On campus)
    Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $937.50
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    18 EDUC points and EDCR 101, EDCR 102, EDCR 202
    MAOR 110
    Limited to
    i) Early Childhood Education students only. ii) With approval, students who have passed MAOR 110 (or equivalent) may be admitted without the normal corequisite.

    Paper Co-ordinators: Meredith Kelly
    Amie Curtis

    Teaching staff

    Dunedin: Amie Curtis
    Southland: Parker Ormond
    Meredith Kelly

    Paper Structure

    Origins of Māori tikanga and concepts

    • Creation story
    • Māori atua
    • Māori legends and pūrākau
    • Māori image of the child
    • Role of the marae and marae protocol
    • Related language

    Teaching approaches and strategies

    • Kaupapa Māori pedagogies for teaching and learning
    • Te reo Māori
    • Place-based pedagogy
    • Related language

    Bicultural early childhood curriculum

    • Current policies and related documents
    • Te Whāriki as a bicultural curriculum - philosophy and framework
    • Related language

    Kaupapa Māori assessment for learning

    • Te Whatu Pōkeka
    • Related language

    Required Texts:

    • Gunn, A. & Nuttall, J. (Ed.). (2019). Weaving te whāriki: Aotearoa New Zealand's early childhood curriculum document in theory and practice, (3rd ed). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER.
    • New Zealand Ministry of Education. (2017). Te whāriki: He whāriki matauranga mo ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa: Early childhood curriculum. Wellington, New Zealand: Learning Media.
    • Ka’ai, T .M., Moorfield, J.C., Feilly, M.P.J., & Mosley, S. (Eds.). (2010). Ki te whaiao: An introduction to Māori Culture and Society. New Zealand: Pearson Education.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

    • Describe how perspectives from te ao Māori have shaped early childhood curriculum in New Zealand
    • Critically examine teaching approaches and strategies for the effective integration of Māori pedagogies in practice, including the Māori language
    • Demonstrate an understanding of kaupapa Māori assessment for learning
    • Plan for the implementation of bicultural early childhood curriculum
    • Demonstrate contextually relevant use of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42

    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 13:00-15:50 29-35, 37-42
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