Special Topic: Education in Aotearoa/ New Zealand

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Special Topic: Education in Aotearoa/ New Zealand

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Corequisite: EDPR 240

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    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

    Education systems:
    - Political theories and education

    The learning process:
    - Information processing and cognitive and social learning
    - Socio-constructivism and the role of culture in learning

    Implementing learning:
    - Teacher beliefs and effects

    Learning Outcomes
    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

    Recommended Texts:

    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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