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Engaging students

The New Zealand Curriculum offers a brief summary of pedagogical approaches that are applicable to all teaching, including teaching in senior social studies.

Four mechanisms that facilitate effective learning

For a much more comprehensive but very user-friendly guide, see Effective Pedagogy in Social Sciences/Tikanga ā Iwi Best Evidence Synthesis [BES].

The writers of the BES identify four 'mechanisms' that facilitate learning for diverse students in social sciences.

Each of these mechanisms provides a lens through which we can examine our current practice. Each is backed by evidence that we can use when deciding what to do next.

BES mechanisms

  • Connection – make connections to students’ lives.
  • Alignment – align experiences to important outcomes.
  • Community – build and sustain a learning community.
  • Interest design experiences that interest students.

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Last updated September 12, 2017