Special Topic: Education in Aotearoa/ New Zealand
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
Area of Study
Taught In English
Corequisite: EDPR 240
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
Provides an introduction to education and children?s learning in the context of Aotearoa/New Zealand.
This paper is about introducing different ways of thinking about children in different socio-political contexts.
Introduction to culture and schooling:
- A focus on how social inequalities are reproduced in education based on assumptions about students' ethnicity, culture, social class and linguistic diversity
- Introduction to differing conceptions of culture and links to education
- Kaupapa M?ori developments in education
- Treaty principles
- The power of teacher beliefs to shape student achievement, particularly with regard to culture
- Political theories and education
The learning process:
- Information processing and cognitive and social learning
- Socio-constructivism and the role of culture in learning
- Teacher beliefs and effects
By the end of this paper, students will be able to:
1. Appreciate differences in learning arising from individual and cultural contexts (in particular comparing their own context with that of New Zealand)
2. Develop a critical awareness of the relationship between education, culture and society
3. Describe and critique several theoretical frameworks for understanding the learning process
4. Understand how knowledge about learning can be implemented in educational settings
Arthur, L. Beecher, B., Death, E. Dockett, S. & Farmer, S. (2012). Programming and planning in early childhood settings (5th ed), South Melbourne, Victoria., Australia: Thomson.
McGee, C. & Fraser, D. (Eds). (2011). The professional practice of teaching (4th ed.). Melbourne: Cengage Learning.
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