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Best Practices for Culture and Heritage Education in Aotearoa New Zealand

Explore teaching and learning strategies to improve education beyond the classroom, particularly in culture and heritage settings.

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Develop reflective practice techniques and teaching strategies

Teaching in the culture and heritage sector in Aotearoa New Zealand can differ widely depending on the setting.

On this six-week course, you’ll examine reflective practices within teaching and learning frameworks. You’ll devise strategies for best practices in education beyond the classroom.

Create inclusive education environments and learning programs

Having taken a deep dive into reflective practices, you’ll move on to examine effective program design, creating accessible, inclusive, and diverse learning programs.

Using this knowledge, you’ll be able to assess the impact of your current educational provision and identify areas for improvement.

Improve collaborative school and community engagement

Collaboration can enrich learning experiences both for providers and learners.

You’ll discuss the value of collaboration and explore methods to establish effective partnerships with schools, external partners, and within your organisation itself.

By doing so, you’ll be able to design learning programs that are rich, meaningful, and effective for all learners.

Expand your understanding of educational policies, from child protection to health and safety

Any new best practices should be underpinned by a thorough understanding of the legislation and policies surrounding culture and heritage education.

You’ll explore child protection, health and safety, and monitoring and reporting. With this overview, you can ensure that effective procedures are followed within your learning frameworks.

By the end of this course, you’ll have a firm understanding of educational best practices within culture and heritage settings. You’ll have developed reflective skills, allowing you to adapt past activities and improve learner outcomes moving forward.


  • Week 1

    Good, better, best practices

    • Haere mai ki tēnei akomanga!

      Welcome to this short course about best practices in culture and heritage education! ©Te Papa, all rights reserved.

    • Good - better - best practices

      Quite possibly, passion led all of us here, but passion alone is not always enough: What do we mean when we talk about best practices in culture and heritage education?

    • Contributing to good practices

      How do we access and and contribute to our collective kete matauranga | baskets of knowledge? Image by Jane Nearing CC BY-ND 2.0

    • Your reflective journal

      Tips and tricks to help you set up a reflective journal, for use in this course and beyond.

    • Wrap up and connect

      This is the end of the learning for this week, time to reflect and to look ahead on what we will cover next.

  • Week 2

    Reflective practice

    • Haere mai ki te wiki tuarua

      Welcome to Week 2! ©Te Papa, all rights reserved.

    • What is reflective practice, and why does it matter?

      In this activity we will investigate reflective and why it matters for educators.

    • Professional inquiry

      Professional inquiry is an integral part of reflective practice; find out more in this activity.

    • Incorporating reflective practice into your work

      Tips and tricks to help you incorporate reflective practice into your busy work schedule.

    • Wrap up and connect

      This is the end of the learning for this week, time to reflect and to look ahead on what we will cover next.

  • Week 3

    Accessibility and inclusion

    • Haere mai ki te wiki tuatoru!

      Welcome to Week 3! ©Te Papa, all rights reserved.

    • Accessibility and inclusion

      What does it mean when we talk about accessibility and inclusion? A look at the right words to use, at legislation and at some of the ways you already make your settings accessible.

    • Accessible culture and heritage institutions

      Explore a wide range of opportunities to make education programmes at your culture and heritage setting inclusive and accessible.

    • Wrap up and connect

      We cover a lot this week: Time to reflect and look ahead at Week 4.

  • Week 4

    Designing rich and meaningful learning programmes

    • Haere mai ki te wiki tuawhā!

      Welcome to Week 4! ©Te Papa, all rights reserved.

    • Inquiry Learning

      We will explore approaches to inquiry learning and show you how you could utilise these in a culture and heritage context. © Te Papa, all rights reserved.

    • Rich and meaningful learning programmes

      Find out how you can help provide rich and meaningful learning programmes for your ākonga | learners. © Te Papa, all rights reserved.

    • Weaving learning across the curriculum

      Why should you weave learning across the curriculum, and how do you get started?

    • Quality assurance and evaluation

      No doubt, all of us do our best: Let's look at how we can use a range of feedback mechanisms to ensure we provide engaging and effective programmes for our learners.

    • Wrap up and connect

      This is the end of the learning for this week, time to reflect and to look ahead on what we will cover next.

  • Week 5

    Collaboration and partnerships

    • Haere mai ki te wiki tuarima!

      Welcome to Week 5! ©Te Papa, all rights reserved.

    • Why collaborate?

      Let's explore approaches to and benefits of mahi tahi | collaboration.

    • Collaboration with schools

      Usually our key audience, how can we best collaborate with schools?

    • Collaboration within your organisation

      How do you collaborate effectively with your colleagues?

    • Partnerships with community, local experts and other organisations

      Culture and heritage organisations partner with a range of other organisations, government departments, non-governmental organisations and with mana whenua: Where do you start, and how do you maintain these partnerships?

    • Wrap up and connect

      Week 5 is almost over, so it's time to reflect on what you have learnt and to look ahead at what comes next.

  • Week 6

    Policies and procedures

    • Haere mai ki te wiki whakamutunga

      Welcome to Week 6, our final week! ©Te Papa, all rights reserved.

    • Vision, mission and strategy

      Sometimes under-appreciated, these documents help guide us and our work.

    • Child Protection

      A close look at the (Vulnerable) Children's Act and how we can protect children and young people during their visits.

    • Health and safety

      A look at the relevant legislation will help you identify measures to protect the health and safety of your visitors and staff.

    • Monitoring and reporting

      Reporting is your chance to show the difference your programmes make.

    • Course summary

      You have finished the course - congratulations! Let's take a moment to reflect on the experience.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Apply reflective techniques to improve your teaching practice.
  • Develop your understanding of accessibility and inclusion to design effective programmes for all learners.
  • Explore how to develop rich and meaningful learning programmes.
  • Discuss how collaboration and partnerships improve your practice.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for educators in Aotearoa New Zealand who work in settings beyond the classroom. Learners should have at least one year’s experience as an educator outside of standard classroom settings.

Who will you learn with?

She/Her. Learning Specialist Sector Capability for Te Pū Tiaki Mana Taonga, Association of Educators beyond the Classroom.

Learning Specialist Sector Capability for Te Pū Tiaki Mana Taonga, The Association of Educators Beyond the Classroom in Aotearoa, based at Te Papa Tongarewa, The Museum of New Zealand.

Who developed the course?

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Te Papa’s vision for the future is to change hearts, minds, and lives.

Our role is to be a forum for the nation to present, explore, and preserve the heritage of its cultures and knowledge of the natural environment. Te Papa was established with this role by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Act 1992.

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    Wellington, Aotearoa (New Zealand)

Te Pū Tiaki Mana Taonga (TPTMT)

Te Pū Tiaki Mana Taonga Association of Educators Beyond the Classroom is the professional Association of educators working in the cultural and heritage space in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Association, formerly known as the Museums Education Association of New Zealand (MEANZ), was refreshed in 2018 to encompass all educators working in the cultural and heritage space as well as reflecting that we are all kaitiaki of the taonga in our respective institutions.


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