Course Description

Course Name

Special Topic: Education in Aotearoa/ New Zealand

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


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.

*Course content subject to change