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Aotearoa New Zealand's histories and Te Takanga o te Wā

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We are currently scoping a new research project related to Aotearoa New Zealand's histories and Te Takanga o te Wā. This work will build on our previous work in this area.

In June 2021, NZCER completed two contracted research projects for the Ministry of Education relating to the draft curriculum content for Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories (in The New Zealand Curriculum) and Te Takanga o te Wā (in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa).

Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories: Findings from the public engagement on the draft curriculum content

Project leaders: Nicola Bright and Jo MacDonald

This contract project involved analysis and synthesis of data from the Ministry’s public consultation on the draft content.  The Ministry of Education ran a public engagement campaign from 3 February through to 31 May 2021. Feedback was gathered through online surveys, written submissions, and over 90 workshops, fono, and hui. People responded to three questions:

  • Do people think the draft content reflects us as a nation?
  • What is most important to people?
  • What do people see as the challenges in implementing this curriculum change?

The full report and a summary are available on the Ministry's website: Aotearoa New Zealand's histories and Te Takanga o te Wā – Education in New Zealand

Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories and Te Takanga o te Wā: Classroom and Akomanga trialling of draft content

Project leaders: Nicola Bright and Rachel Bolstad

In this contract project, NZCER worked with CORE Education to support trialling of the draft content with schools and kura, and gathering teacher and kaiako feedback. During the first 5 weeks of Term 2, 2021, the draft content for Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories was trialled in approximately 60 English-medium schools and the draft content for Te Takanga o Te Wā was trialled in approximately 20 Māori-medium kura. More than 100 teachers and kaiako participated, with many schools and kura involving several teachers from different year levels. 

CORE Education facilitated the trialling, and NZCER provided data gathering, analysis, and reporting. 

The full report is available on the Ministry's website: Aotearoa New Zealand's histories and Te Takanga o te Wā – Education in New Zealand