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Key Competencies, Assessment and Learning Stories


Keryn Davis, Jocelyn Wright (CORE Education)

Margaret Carr, Sally Peters (The University of Waikato) 


Developed in response to a strong interest in the use of Learning Stories in schools, this resource is designed to answer some common questions asked by teachers.

The assessment of Key Competencies is a topic that deserves a lot of discussion. A Key Competency is complex: it includes social, emotional, cognitive and cultural aspects, and is usually embedded in the teaching and learning of a subject area.

In the DVD, teachers and students at a number of schools in Christchurch talk about their ideas and experiences as they explore different ways to assess the Key Competencies inThe New Zealand CurriculumThese teachers were looking for an assessment approach that would capture the complexity of Learning Stories, suggest the next step in the learning, include students, and be of interest to families.

Click here  to watch a portion of the DVD to see teachers and students talking about how Learning Stories are being used in their school.    

The resource workbook sets out five workshops to encourage more teachers to do more talking and take action. The workshops can be completed on your own or with a teaching team. They are designed with the following questions in mind:


·         Workshop 1: Documenting a Key Competency: What do we look for? (with an emphasis on recognising the learning in order to assess it)

·         Workshop 2: Thinking differently: How useful are Learning Stories for assessing the Key Competencies?(with an emphasis on assessment for learning and giving feedback)

·         Workshop 3: Writing a Learning Story: What do I need to think about?  (with an emphasis on giving it a go, and a ‘split screen’ analysis of the learning)

·         Workshop 4: Students, teachers and families: How can Learning Stories engage the school community?(with an emphasis on engaging students and families)

·         Workshop 5: Implementing the Learning Story approach: How do we get started and keep it going?(with an emphasis on managing the practicalities and taking a long-term view.