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Readings and resource materials on assessment

Information about effective pedagogy, including the process for teaching as inquiry, can be found in The New Zealand Curriculum (pages 34–36).

Specific approaches or mechanisms for teaching the social sciences are described on pages 54–55 of Effective Pedagogy in Social Sciences/Tikanga ā Iwi: Best Evidence Synthesis Iteration (BES) (Ministry of Education, 2009).

See the Learning programme design section of this guide for suggestions on how to plan media studies programmes.

See The New Zealand Curriculum (pages 39–41) for a discussion of assessment in relation to school curriculum design and review.

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.
  • The linked site Consider the Evidence promotes ‘evidence-driven decision making for secondary schools’ and supports secondary educators in making best use of evidence to improve student achievement.
  • For a view of how assessment can best serve learning, see Directions for Assessment in New Zealand, a report by Michael Absolum, Lester Flockton, John Hattie, 
Rosemary Hipkins, and 
Ian Reid (also available as a Word or PDF file).

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

Last updated September 21, 2020