Enriching curriculum through culture and heritage in Aotearoa, New Zealand

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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.

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.