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Enriching curriculum through culture and heritage in Aotearoa, New Zealand

Investigate how culture and heritage educators can support learning within the bicultural, educational landscape of Aotearoa.

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Discover the connection between cultural heritage and education

Aotearoa features a unique education system that celebrates its diverse cultural heritage.

On this four-week course, you’ll explore these frameworks and learn how culture and heritage organisations can enhance teaching and learning practices.

Learn how to enrich experiences of multicultural education

You’ll examine what makes culture and heritage organisations stimulating spaces for teaching and learning. You’ll also discover what is meant by the local curriculum in Aotearoa and how culture and heritage education can feature in its design.

Using these concepts, you’ll be able to position your organisation as integral to learners’ cultural understanding with programs that reflect this importance.

Explore bicultural, formal education within the context of Aotearoa

The education system in Aotearoa reflects the community and its cultural heritage.

You’ll gain insights into Te Whāriki, the early years curriculum, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, the curriculum for Māori medium learners, and the New Zealand Curriculum for students learning within English medium settings.

With this knowledge, you can develop engaging programs that meet the needs of different learners.

Develop teaching and learning strategies for culture and heritage organisations within the New Zealand curriculum

The new Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories curriculum content gives learners a deeper cultural understanding of the country.

Using reflective skills, you’ll discover how to enrich understanding beyond the classroom, informing your organisation’s education plans.

By the end of this course, you’ll understand the educational context of Aotearoa and how cultural organisations can support and enrich learning. You’ll also be able to design resources that reflect culturally sensitive understandings of Aotearoa.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Culture, heritage, education and curriculum in Aotearoa New Zealand

    • Welcome to the course

      In the first activity we introduce you to what the course is all about and you’ll get to meet your course facilitators and fellow learners.

    • Culture, heritage and education in Aotearoa New Zealand

      In this activity we explore what culture and heritage looks like in Aotearoa and discuss reasons why culture and heritage organisations are stimulating places for learning

    • Education and curriculum in Aotearoa New Zealand

      In this activity we survey the formal education landscape in Aotearoa, introduce how the curriculum is structured, and look at the curriculum refresh process and timeline.

    • End of Week 1 reflection

      Let's reflect on the topics we have covered this week, and find out what you have learnt.

  • Week 2

    Local curriculum and early childhood learners

    • Welcome to Week 2

      In this activity we introduce the topics covered in Week 2.

    • Local curriculum

      In this activity we take a look at what Local curriculum means. We invite you to respond to the question of how culture and heritage educators can discover local curriculum priorities, and feature in local curriculum design.

    • Early childhood learners

      In this activity we focus on early childhood learners. We look at their learning settings, introduce the curriculum framework and invite your thoughts about how to design education programmes that enrich Te Whariki.

    • End of Week 2 reflection

      Let's look back on what we have learnt this week and see what you enjoyed the most.

  • Week 3

    Māori medium and English medium learners

    • Welcome to Week 3

      In this activity we introduce the topics covered in Week 3.

    • Māori medium learners

      Here we consider what culture and heritage organisations can do to support Māori medium learners, look at Te Marautanga o Aotearoa curriculum framework and collate ideas for designing education programmes that meet their needs.

    • English medium learners

      In this activity we look at ways culture and heritage organisations can enrich the New Zealand Curriculum for English medium learners and contribute ideas for education programmes within this area.

    • End of Week 3 reflection

      Lets reflect on what has been covered this week and find out what you have learnt.

  • Week 4

    Aotearoa's Histories curriculum content, and education strategy

    • Welcome to Week 4

      In this activity we introduce the topics covered in Week 4.

    • Aotearoa New Zealand Histories curriculum content

      Here we will look at the development of the Aotearoa New Zealand Histories content and consider how culture and heritage organisations can support learning in this area.

    • Education strategy

      Here we think about how culture and heritage organisations can be strategic about education, and share tips for thinking, acting and communicating strategically.

    • End of Week 4 reflection

      Reflect on what you have learnt this week.

    • End of course reflection

      In this final activity we invite your reflections on what you have enjoyed and learnt on this course.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Reflect on the educational role of culture and heritage organisations
  • Discuss reasons why culture and heritage organisations are stimulating places for learning
  • Demonstrate understanding of the New Zealand Curriculum
  • Present ideas for what culture and heritage organisations can do to enrich New Zealand Curriculum and support learners
  • Contribute statements to include in an education strategy

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for educators working in culture and heritage contexts in New Zealand. It is particularly relevant to those who have no formal teacher training.

Learners should have a basic understanding of how culture and heritage organisations work and the basic principles of teaching and learning.

Who will you learn with?

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.

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

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.

  • Established

    1992
  • Location

    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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