EDSOC200-21A (HAM)

Education and New Zealand Society

15 Points

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Division of Education
Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education


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Paper Description

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EDSOC200 provides students with an opportunity to critically analyse the social and political dimensions of education with a focus on the intersection of education, policy, and philosophical and sociological perspectives. As indicated by the name of the paper, there is a particular focus on Aoteaora New Zealand.

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Paper Structure

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The paper has a conventional structure of lectures and related tutorials. One lecture week is given over to assessed group presentations.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Have a knowledge and understanding of the educational policies, ideas and processes shaping the educational contexts within which New Zealanders study and teach.
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  • Have a knowledge and understanding of some social theories that have informed educational policy and research in New Zealand and the international influences on these.
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  • Have a knowledge and understanding of some of the continuing and changing social dynamics and questions concerning equality of opportunity and social justice (abridged, see full version below))

    Have a knowledge and understanding of some of the continuing and changing social dynamics and questions concerning equality of opportunity and social justice which have informed educational movements, policy and research in New Zealand - including those pertaining to rural and urban education, Maori and multicultural education, gender relations, and social class.
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Assessments are as follows

1. Essay (25%)

2. Comparison of education policies (Part A 30% and Part B 5%, total of 35%)

3. Multi-media assignment (Part A 30% and Part B 10%, total of 40%)

The lecturers have office hours and you are welcome to approach the lecturer responsible for an assignment for help but please do not leave it until the week that assignments are due. If you have questions, starting work early enables you to use all of the resources the University has to offer. We will not mark drafts of assignments but we will discuss your ideas regarding an assignment. There is guidance on Moodle, How to write and present essays, to help improve your academic writing and files with other useful tips and Student Learning has several resources designed to support your developing academic skills.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 1:0. There is no final exam.

Referencing Style

The predominant method of referencing required in Division of Education papers is that used by the American Psychological Association (APA) see http://www.waikato.ac.nz/library/study/referencing. However, there are several other recognised methods. If you are majoring in History or another Humanities subject, you may be more familiar with one of the footnoting systems often used by historians. In this course, you may use whatever method is customarily used in your ‘home’ discipline. Whatever method is used, you must be consistent.

The main principles to keep in mind are:

  • Does your referencing enable a reader to locate and check your information?
  • Does it give due acknowledgment to the work of others?
  • Is it a fair indication of the amount of reading you have done?

Grading Criteria

Generally, the following criteria will be taken into account in determining grades

  • Evidence of understanding of the main issues
  • Quality of analysis
  • Evidence of reading
  • Quality of writing, including spelling and grammar, citing sources and listing references

For more information see the Assessment Regulations in the University Calendar. Specific marking criteria for assessments tasks and an explanation of how the assessment strategies contribute to measure progress towards achieving the learning outcomes of a paper will be included in individual paper outlines or assignment sheets.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Essay
7 Apr 2021
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Comparison of education policies Part A
5 May 2021
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Comparison of education policies Part B
5 May 2021
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Multimedia assignment: Part A
21 May 2021
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Multi-media assignment: Part B
4 Jun 2021
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Selected core readings will be available through the Library's reading lists system. These core readings will not be sufficient to complete assignments to a high standard. You are expected to make extensive use of the University library, including journals. Additional references will be provided in lectures.

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Recommended Readings

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Woods, B., Thrupp, M. & Barker, M. (2021). Education policy changes and continuities since 1999. In G. Hassall & G. Karacaoglu, Social Policy in Aotearoa New Zealand. Massey University Press.

Wylie, C. (2012). Vital connections: Why we need more than self-managing schools. NZCER Press.

Gordon, L. (2015). Rich and poor schools revisited. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 50(1), 7-21.

Thrupp, M., O’Neill, J., Powell, D. & Butler, P. (2020) Private actors in New Zealand schooling: The path to saturation. Journal of Educational Administration & History. https://doi.org/10.1080/00220620.2020.1726882

Kelsey, J. (1997) The New Zealand experiment, Auckland University Press.

Rashbrooke, M. (2015). Wealth and New Zealand. Bridget Williams Books.

Rashbrooke, M. (Ed.) (2013). Inequality: A New Zealand crisis. Bridget Williams Books.

Carpenter, V., & Osborne, S. (Eds.) (2014) Twelve thousand hours: Education and poverty in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Dunmore Press

Thrupp, M. & Lupton, R. (2006). Taking school contexts more seriously: The social justice challenge. British Journal of Educational Studies, 54(3), 308-328.

Pomeroy, D. (2018). Educational equity policy as human taxonomy: Who do we compare and why does it matter? Critical Studies in Education, 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1080/17508487.2018.1440615

Thrupp, M. (2001). Education policy and social class in England and New Zealand: An instructive comparison. Journal of Education Policy, 16(4), 297–314. https://doi.org/10.1080/02680930110054317

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Online Support

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Moodle will be used for this paper including for the submission of some assignments and for extra assignments support. Paper outlines, handouts, lecture PPT's, reading lists etc. will also be available on moodle. Messages via moodle will be sent out periodically from the co-ordinator or lecturers to keep students informed.

If not confident with moodle please see the excellent moodle training available for students http://www.waikato.ac.nz/ict-self-help/teaching-tools/moodle

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15 point paper, minimum expectation is 150 hours.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Restricted papers: PCSS201

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