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Senior social studies

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The senior social studies area of Social Sciences Online provides curriculum and assessment information, resources, and useful links to support the teaching and learning of social studies in years 11–13.

In senior social studies, students expand on the knowledge, skills, and experiences gained in levels 1–5 of the social sciences curriculum. The achievement objectives at the senior level draw on the four strands of Identity, culture and organisation; Place and environment; Continuity and change; and the Economic world.

 

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Senior social studies teaching & learning guides (years 11–13)

Senior secondary teaching and learning guides for social studies provide support for teachers of senior social studies, as they develop programmes of learning for their students. They reflect the intent of the national curriculum and are an adjunct to it.

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The New Zealand Curriculum: Social sciences

This section of the New Zealand curriculum website has information about the social sciences as a learning area. Resources and information relating to the previous (1997) curriculum document may continue to be used as supporting documents when planning teaching and learning programmes.
Download a PDF version of  Social Studies in the New Zealand Curriculum.

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The New Zealand Curriculum

The New Zealand Curriculum sets the direction for teaching and learning in English-medium New Zealand schools. It has been mandatory since February 2010.

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Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa is the curriculum for Māori-medium teaching, learning, and assessment. It is New Zealand’s first curriculum to be developed and written in te reo Māori and sets the direction for teaching and learning in Māori-medium schools and settings.

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Understanding the social sciences as a learning area – A position paper

This position paper highlights the importance of the social sciences and the place of social studies as a social science in the New Zealand curriculum.

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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.

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NZQA – NCEA resources for social studies

This social studies subject resources page provides links to information relating to senior social studies assessment. Curriculum and standards documents comprise links to standards, social studies matrices, and teaching and learning guides on TKI.

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NCEA support materials

These support materials have been developed for use with NCEA achievement standards. NCEA support materials for social studies include guidenotes for assessment of the concepts and perspectives, as well as notes on the 'values' achievement standards.

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Assessment Online

This key community covers assessment in the classroom, effective use of evidence, and reporting to families and whānau. It offers news, assessment tools and resources, research, a glossary, FAQ, and related links.

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NCEA Levels 1, 2, and 3 achievement standards

Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 registered achievement standards for social studies are available for use. They have been aligned with The New Zealand Curriculum (2007) and formally registered by NZQA.

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ERO (The Education Review Office)

In 2007, ERO published three reports on schools’ effectiveness in the collection and use of assessment:

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The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

Follow links to the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, NCEA, and subject achievement standards. Some useful resources are available on the NZQA website.

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Consumer protection resources: NCEA Level 1 – year 11

This NCEA Level 1 Internal Assessment resource for  year 11 students requires students to conduct an inquiry into a government agency of their choice to report on how it works to promote social justice for New Zealand consumers.

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Consumer protection resources: NCEA Level 2 – year 12

This NCEA Level 2 Internal Assessment resource for  year 12 requires students to prepare a report that comprehensively describes a social action taken by organisations, groups and/or individuals to make Country of Origin Labelling compulsory on single-ingredient food items.

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Secondary middle leaders

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

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Ka Hikitia (the Māori Education Strategy) 2020

Ka Hikitia sets out how the education sector will achieve system shifts and support Māori learners and their whānau, hapū, and iwi to achieve excellent and equitable outcomes. Ka Hikitia provides an organising framework for the actions that schools and supporting agencies will take.

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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 KotahitangaTe KauhuaAko Panuku, and  Te Mana Kōrero.

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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.

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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.

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The National Library of New Zealand – Curriculum Information Service

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

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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 1pm and 6pm to help students search online. To use AnyQuestions.govt.nz, students must be attending a New Zealand primary, intermediate, secondary school or being home-schooled.

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