The New Zealand Educational Context
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This paper will provide critical analyses of the contexts of learning, teaching and education in New Zealand from a variety of historical, philosophical, political and sociological perspectives. The paper will provide knowledge and understanding of political debates pertaining to education and the policies resulting from these, the historical events and political philosophies that shape the institutions New Zealanders work within and cultural and economic changes that impact the education of individuals and families in New Zealand. It will provide an examination of the nature and role of education as a major humanities and social sciences discipline. Bi-cultural, historical, philosophical and sociological perspectives will be applied critically to a broad spectrum of educational issues, activities, and organisations.
This paper will be a key paper for supporting academic literacy. To understand the New Zealand context students need to engage in a range of academic reading modes, critique policy and be able to interpret graphs, statistics and use different forms of information as evidence to support academic writing. There will be numerous opportunities to select readings and documents where these skills can be scaffolded in context. The paper will foster an awareness of how theory helps us to make sense of our world, of how and what happens and why. Theory enables us to become aware of and understand the often hidden assumptions underpinning practice, and is also necessary for the process of critical thinking.
This paper will be taught online. It includes a number of moodle based activities including online task sheets, panopto, moodle based quizzes and surveys, and links to readings and videos. Moodle work is broken up into modules, most of which will take a fortnight, that will include a short introductory panopto, a task sheet, readings, and a group discussion.
Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:
Explain and comment critically on educational policies, ideas and processes shaping educational contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand
Explain and commnet critically on educational policies, ideas and process shaping educational contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Demonstrate an understanding of a range of philosophical ideas and theories that have influenced education policy and practice in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Demonstrate an understanding of issues of equality of opportunity and social justice and how these have informed educational movements, policy and practice in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Intepret and critique evidence, including graphs, statistics and other forms of information to support academic writing.
- Show an understanding of education within the bicultural, multicultural, philosophical, political, economic and historical contexts of Aotearoa New Zealand
All assessments should be handed in using the doc.x format, 1/5 spacing and in 12 point font using Arial, New times roman or Calibri font.
You can get an office package including Word, and Excel for free from the library website if you require however this format can also be provided using google docs.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam.
|Percentage of overall mark
|1. Researching a Policy
12 Aug 2019
|2. Letter to the Education Minister
16 Sep 2019
|3. Social issue presentation
11 Oct 2019
Required and Recommended Readings
There is no readings book for this paper. Required readings for each week. Most readings will be available online from academic journals through the library or other websites but students will be able to print these out if you prefer reading from hard copies.
you have a question relating to the paper overall, please contact your lecturer, Maggie Lyall. Contact details can be found at the beginning of this outline.
This paper, as a 15-point paper, has an expected workload of 10 hours weekly or 150 hours across the semester. This will include time spent completing your module task sheet, writing assignments, readings and engaging in an online discussion for each module.
Linkages to Other Papers
Restricted papers: PCSS101