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Version date: 30 June 2010
Key changes: Version 2
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History examines the past to understand the present.
It reflects the vision, principles, values, and key competencies described on pages 8–13 of The New Zealand Curriculum.
It has its own achievement objectives in The New Zealand Curriculum. The achievement objectives inform teaching, learning, assessment, and programme design – all contexts taught need to relate to them. There are no prescribed topics.
Teachers and students need to see the relevance of the programme. Teachers may choose to invite their students’ input when choosing learning contexts that have significance to New Zealanders and, most immediately, to the students in the history class.
Where possible, history encompasses events occurring in New Zealand and/or global events involving or influencing New Zealanders. Historical scholarship encourages students to look for points of connection and for similarities and differences, and to focus on research that transcends the boundaries of nation states.
Students are encouraged to question accepted interpretations of the past and to consider contesting theories of historians and commentators. This emphasis reflects contemporary historical scholarship.
There is also a more holistic approach to understanding concepts of identity.
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Last updated March 29, 2012