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    Examines and critiques the education system in Aotearoa and the learning theories and key documents that underpin development as a member of the teaching profession.

    About this paper

    Paper title Teaching in a New Zealand Context
    Subject Education
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period 1st Non standard period (15 January 2024 - 28 June 2024) (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,223.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to

    Dr. Rachel Martin

    Teaching staff

    To be confirmed

    Paper Structure
    • Personal and life worlds:
      • What is teaching?
      • What is learning?
      • What is education?
      • Who is education for?
      • Reflecting on own learning journeys
      • Prior learning
      • Teaching and learning te reo Māori
    • Education:
      • What has shaped and influenced the education system in Aotearoa New Zealand? (Whose voices? Whose values? Whose beliefs?)
      • What is curriculum?
      • Values underpinning the New Zealand curriculum
      • Principles of the New Zealand Curriculum
      • Te Tiriti o Waitangi
      • Key policy shifts (e.g. 1877 Education Act, 1989 Education Act, National Standards, NCEA)
    • Learners and teachers: theoretical perspectives:
      • Introduction to human development
      • Introduction to indigenous theoretical perspectives
      • Motivation
      • Culture and learning
      • Te reo me kā tikanga Māori
      • Transformative praxis

    Students will be attending an overnight stay at a marae at the beginning of the year. This course also begins with a Te Tiriti o Waitangi workshop. This content is intended to support teacher’s commitments outlined in Teaching Council document called Our Code and standards (2017). The code of Professional responsibility page 10 asks teachers to demonstrate a commitment to tangata whenuatanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership in the learning environment. The standards on page 18 also addresses the need to understand partnership in Aotearoa Te Waipounamu New Zealand.



    Māori made easy : for everyday learners of the Māori language

    Morrison, Scotty (2015)

    Auckland, New Zealand : Raupo

    If you are a beginner learner of te reo Māori then this book has examples, short grammar explanations and sample sentences/questions with answers at the back. There is some online support material too.


    Tikanga : an introduction to te ao Māori

    Opai, Keri, (2021) Niwa, Tania, photographer (expression)

    Auckland, New Zealand : Upstart Press Book published by Upstart Press Ltd

    If you are not familiar with tikanga Māori then this book has great introduction information for teachers.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Student teachers who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

    1. Critically evaluate how culture shapes our understanding and experience of curriculum, teaching and learning
    2. Demonstrate understanding and application of key theoretical ideas about the transformative potential of education
    3. Engage in rigorous intellectual analysis regarding their own personal and professional development
    4. Demonstrate an awareness of the significance of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi to education in Aotearoa New Zealand


    1st Non standard period (15 January 2024 - 28 June 2024)

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


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    A1 Monday 09:00-10:50 5-6, 9-13, 16-17, 25-26


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    A2 Thursday 10:00-11:50 5-6, 9-10, 12-13, 16, 26
    A3 Friday 10:00-11:50 5-6, 9-12, 16, 25
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