guide students, teachers and parents to explore social studies concepts
such as social organisation:
- people's organisation
in groups and the rights, roles and responsibilities of people
as they interact with groups.
- how individuals,
communities and nations exercise these rights and meet these obligations;
and the social science
focus for learning about
- people's identity
and role as citizens.
How to use DecisionMaker
The worksheet exercises
and associated interactive tools, backgrounded by teacher resources,
can be used in classroom discussions, individual assignments on
and off the computer, and in homework assignments sometimes
with parents. Students, teachers and parents can decide which worksheets
are suited to the individual student. They can gain help from additional
resources, including the local current or former member of Parliament,
financial adviser or online news analysis organisation.
Note: These worksheets
can also be used as group activities sheets.
out more from the NZ Ministry of Education, expanding
and updating this November 2005 "essence statement" to
ensure that future focused themes, including social cohesion and
citizenship, are apparent throughout the curriculum.
statement encapsulates the fundamental ideas of each learning area.
These will be one-page documents that clearly articulate important
learning outcomes for students.
The Social Sciences are about how people participate in society
and how society operates.
Social Sciences have significance for people in their every-day
participation as citizens and members of communities. Through the
Social Sciences students engage critically with societal issues.
They gain knowledge, skills and experience to understand, contribute
to and participate in the communities in which they live and work.
Through a focus on Aotearoa New Zealand contexts, the people, cultures,
places, the economic world and histories students are able to identify
their own place and that of others in relation to Maori and Pakeha
heritages, and in relation to Aotearoa New Zealand’s multicultural
Students learn through social inquiry to develop understandings
of people’s roles and identities as citizens, of Aotearoa
New Zealand society, and societies in a range of contexts over time
and place. Students ask questions, gather information, examine issues
about society in context and in relation to values, perspectives,
current issues and social decision-making. They develop knowledge
about how societies work and how they can participate and take social
action as critical, active, informed and responsible citizens of
Aotearoa New Zealand and the world.
conceptual strands provide the framework of social studies levels
1-5 and contribute to a range of social science disciplines in the
senior secondary school.
Culture and Organisation: Students develop knowledge about society
and communities, how they function and the diverse cultures and
identities of people within those communities and the impact of
these on the participation of groups and individuals.
and Environment: Students develop knowledge about how people perceive,
represent, interpret and interact with places and environments to
understand the relationships between people and environment.
and Change: Students develop knowledge about past events, experiences
and actions, and their changing interpretation over time to understand
about the past, present and possible futures.
World: Students develop knowledge about people’s participation
in economic activities and about production, distribution and consumption
to understand their place in the economic world.
At levels 6-8 schools provide opportunities for students to specialise
in a range of social science disciplines, in particular senior social
studies, economics, geography and history. Achievement objectives
for learning programmes in these four disciplines are included on
Level 4 Year 8 (Form 2)
Level 5 Years 9 & 10 (Forms 3 & 4)
Level 6 Year 11 (Form 5)
Level 7 Year 12 (Form 6)
4 March 2006