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    Explores the relationship between social class and family background and educational achievement/performance. Concentrates on the family in a cultural context and the link between family resources and education, focusing on the importance of social context for theories of student learning and educational achievement.

    Education has the power to both challenge and reproduce social inequalities; it privileges some groups, while excluding others. This paper will introduce you to a range of important Indigenous and critical thinkers in education who have examined how educational institutions advantage and disadvantage ākonga/students and their whānau based on their cultural, linguistic and social backgrounds. Your understanding and application of theoretical ideas will be assessed through two internal assignments: an autoethnography and a task-based assignment that evaluates social justice in education. This paper will appeal to tauira/students from a range of disciplines who have an interest in sociology, diversity and social justice in education.

    About this paper

    Paper title Family Resources, Culture, and Education
    Subject Education
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    EDUC 101 or EDUC 102 or 108 points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    With approval, students who have passed EDUC105 prior to 2017 may be admitted without the normal prerequisite.

    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator: Dr Kim Brown

    Teaching Arrangements

    EDUC 254 comprises a 50-minute lecture and a 1hr 50min workshop each week.


    Required readings are available through eReserve.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

    • Critically evaluate current research and literature on educational sociology, achievement, and post-school transitions
    • Explain the importance of social context and family resources for education
    • Apply research on the sociology of education to contemporary educational contexts in Aotearoa



    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 16:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22
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