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These websites and online resources have been selected to support teachers and school leaders in developing economics teaching and learning programmes.

Please also explore the 'Effective teaching in social studies' section of Social Sciences Online. There are many resources and teaching strategies in this section that you may also find useful for economics teaching and learning.

  Ministry of Education websites

Economics Teaching and Learning Guidelines (years 11–13)

Senior Secondary Teaching and Learning Guidelines for economics are now available. The Guidelines provide support for teachers of economics as they develop programmes of learning for their senior secondary students. They reflect the intent of the national curriculum and are an adjunct to it. Includes a resources section with links to useful websites for history teaching and learning.

The New Zealand Curriculum online

As well as the HTML version of The New Zealand Curriculum, this interactive site offers a variety of support and strategies, news updates, digital stories of schools’ experiences, and archived material relating to development of the curriculum.

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

This site includes a translation into English of the main sections of the draft marautanga. Only learning levels 1, 4, and 6 have been translated in the learning areas.

Key Competencies

This section of the New Zealand Curriculum Online website offers specific guidance to school leaders and teachers on integrating the key competencies into the daily activities of the school and its teaching and learning programmes.

Secondary Middle Managers

This section of the New Zealand Curriculum Online website provides assistance for secondary middle managers to work with their departments to implement The New Zealand Curriculum. It explores various aspects of effective pedagogy.

Ka Hikitia Accelerating Success 2013–2017

Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017 is our strategy to rapidly change how the education system performs so that all Māori students gain the skills, qualifications and knowledge they need to enjoy and achieve education success as Māori.

Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017 is an updated strategy, not a brand new one. Its predecessor, Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success 2008–2012, set the direction for improving how the education system performs for Māori students.

Te Tere Auraki

This Ministry of Education professional development strategy focuses on improving outcomes for Māori students in English-medium schools. This strategy supports four main projects: Te Kotahitanga, Te Kauhua, Ako Panuku, and Te Mana Kōrero.

Pasifika Education

The education system must work for Pasifika so they gain the knowledge and skills necessary to do well for themselves, their communities, Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific region and the world.

Education for Enterprise

Education for Enterprise (E4E) is about promoting an approach to learning – one that is real, relevant, and gives students responsibility for their learning. In this section, find out more about why an enterprising approach to learning could benefit your students, and how to develop an E4E approach in your school.

  Professional organisations

New Zealand Commerce and Economics Teachers Association (NZCETA)

NZCETA aims to provide professional learning and development opportunities and curriculum materials on the teaching and learning of commerce and economics.

  Resourcing ideas

The following resources will help you to plan teaching and learning activities for economics.

The National Library of New Zealand Curriculum Information Service

Over 500,000 items are available through the Schools Collection, including books, videos, and DVDs. Schools can also interloan music, books and serials from the National Library’s General Collections through their local Curriculum Information Service (CIS) centre.

Any Questions (students)

Students can go to this website to find useful, accurate, online information. Librarians from all over New Zealand are available each week day between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to help students search online. To use AnyQuestions.co.nz, students must be attending a New Zealand primary, intermediate, secondary school or being home-schooled.

LEARNZ - Virtual Field Trips

LEARNZ virtual field trips provide free, fully supported, interactive student experiences plus the largest collection of New Zealand, contemporary digital resources for education. These engaging, curriculum rich e-learning opportunities allow students to interact with inaccessible people and places throughout New Zealand and Antarctica.

GoDairy Education website

New Zealand students and teachers have a new resource to help them learn more about one of the country’s leading industries – dairy farming. DairyNZ has launched a new website  featuring FREE, engaging, easy-to-use, curriculum-linked educational resources. The website contains digital texts and digital learning objects, as well as hard-copy resources. There are downloadable, printable teaching units for a range of learning areas – English (literacy), maths, science, technology, and social studies. The website also contains factsheets for teachers, and a resource database, which directs teachers to existing resources. The GoDairy Education resources help your students engage with concepts such as innovation, enterprise and sustainability. The Level 1 and 2 resources are available now. The levels 3-4 and 5-8 resources are currently being developed and will be available in 2012.

We hope that you will use the GoDairy Education resources with your students, and that you will display the enclosed flyer for other interested educators to see. The resource also features Rosie, DairyNZ’s cowbassador, who stars on her own website www.rosiesworld.co.nz. For more information visit www.GoDairy.co.nz or contact GoDairy@dairynz.co.nz.

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