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This course provides historical and advanced theoretical understandings of motivation and behaviour and their degree of relevance in diverse ecological settings. The course is premised on the belief that the most important issue underlying a culturally inclusive society is a willingness of people to be more aware, knowledgeable, and accepting of difference. The course is designed for students who wish to engage in promoting analyses and rigorous critique of socio- psychological theories and to apply strategies that emanate from those theories. Issues relating to Maori and indigenous ways of knowing and practising will be explored.
The structure and content are purpose-designed for postgraduate students who wish to engage in promoting analyses and rigorous critique of socio-psychological theories and to apply strategies that emanate from those theories - in a variety of contexts. Issues relating to Māori and Indigenous ways of knowing and practising will be explored, discussed, and reported on. A chief aim of the course is to select a range of co-existing concepts that vary together, and to shape them into resources that will have application for educationalists and social scientists. It is therefore designed to respond to the interests of early childhood centre and classroom practitioners, educational leaders, resource teachers, special education consultants, psychologists, social workers, counsellors, and other professionals interested in providing inclusive and vibrant learning and social environments in the milieu that make up today’s changing communities.
On completing this course students will be able to:1. Analyse and describe key issues in motivational theory in New Zealand and internationally;2. Position practices, policies and contentions of culturally diverse imperatives that co-exist within and alongside a range of theoretical exemplars;3. Apply critical thinking to culturally responsive practices;4. Critically analyse and compare key motivational theorists and theoretical frameworks;5. Critique evidence-based research that is noted for informing practice;6. Evaluate and defend the meanings of practice-based evidence, particularly as it applies to cultural settings;7. Present academically sound information in a convincingly and appropriately argued manner; and,8. Plan future research and/or policy development in the respective socio-psychological fields.
Subject to approval of the Head of School
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Angus Hikairo Macfarlane
and James Graham
Contributing Lecturers:Emeritus Professor Ted Glynn Associate Professor Sonja MacfarlaneAdjunct Professor Wally PenetitoAssociate Professor Melinda Webber
Macfarlane, Angus H. , Macfarlane, Sonja, Webber, Melinda;
Sociocultural realities : exploring new horizons;
Macfarlane, Angus H. , New Zealand Council for Educational Research;
Discipline, democracy and diversity : working with students with behaviour difficulties;
New Zealand Council for Educational Research, 2007.
Macfarlane, Angus H. , New Zealand Council for Educational Research;
Kia hiwa ra : listen to culture : Māori students' plea to educators;
New Zealand Council for Educational Research, 2004.
All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations.On submitting assignments, students must confirm that the work being handed in is original and their own work.
All three assignments must be completed in order to achieve a final pass grade. All assignments are to be completed by individual students and may not have been submitted for credit in any other course or qualification.Grading ScaleGrade GPA MarksA+ 9 90 – 100A 8 85 – 89.99A- 7 80 – 84.99B+ 6 75 – 79.99B 5 70 – 74.99B- 4 65 – 69.99C+ 3 60 – 64.99C 2 55 – 59.99C- 1 50 – 54.99D 0 40 – 49.99E -1 0 – 39.99
As this course is based on a collaborative learning and teaching model prepared participation by the student will be essential to meet the requirements of this course.
Evaluation Formal and informal evaluation will take place in accordance with the relevant Course Evaluation Policy, to provide feedback to teaching staff about the relevance and validity of what has been learned as well as the quality of course delivery.
All course assessment is moderated within courses, and selected course assessment is moderated externally (by nominated people outside the University). A sample of your work may be used as part of the external moderation process and all identifying details will be removed.
Work handed in after the due date with no extension granted is considered late. Late work will be accepted or not accepted at the discretion of the lecturer. Late work will incur a grade penalty. Lecturers reserve the right not to mark late work, and no work will be accepted after the assignments have been returned to students.
APA (American Psychological Association) for citations and references.This course subscribes to APA, the most commonly used style to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. Please refer to the site below.http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/services/ref/apa/index.shtml
Access to web –based discussions will be a discussed at the commencement of the course.
Under exceptional circumstances (e.g. illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) individual students may be granted an extension of the due date for an assignment. There is, however, a limit to the length of time that an extension can be granted and this should be negotiated with the relevant lecturer in the first instance. Extensions will not normally be given for longer than one week from the due date, unless exceptional circumstances prevail. Extensions are not granted automatically to students.Requests for extensions should be emailed to the lecturer at least two days prior to the due date for the assignment. Relevant evidence such as a medical certificate or a letter from a counsellor may be required in order for the lecturer to make a decision about whether or not to grant an extension. A copy of the lecturer’s email confirming the extension (if granted) and any supporting documentation must be attached to and submitted with the assignment.Extensions will not normally be granted because of pressure of university study, eg. Several pieces of work being due at about the same time. Students are encouraged to plan their work in a realistic manner and in advance so that they can meet their assessment deadlines.
Resubmissions of assignments will not be permitted.
Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control, where:(a) they have suffered an acute illness, injury, or other reasonably unforeseeable circumstances:i. which has prevented them from completing any major item(s) of work for assessment in a course; orii. which has impaired their performance (including by interruption of pre-assessment revision) to the extent that the result(s) are likely to underestimate their true and evidenced level of mastery of the material in the course; or(b) i. they have been selected to perform, compete, adjudicate, or officiate as a national sporting representative at national or international competitions; orii. they are members of a national cultural group on tour nationally or internationally.Please note that applications must be supported by evidence. Further details are available at the above link.Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/ within five days of the assessment. Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Course Co-ordinator and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required. Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course and may not be available for some other items of assessment as specified in Course Outlines. (Refer to specific Course Outlines for this information.)Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.NB: This information replaces any previous references to special consideration, Aegrotat or Backdated (Late) Withdrawal in the Course Information System, Learn or Course Outlines. If you are unclear about the implications or process please discuss with your Course Coordinator or contact the Student and Programme Office for assistance.
As well as attending classes, it is essential that all students regularly access the course Learn site. All course information such as the course kaupapa, notices, assessment information, required and recommended readings, audio recordings of some lectures, and other teaching resources etc. will be available on this site
Student assignments are to be submitted with a cover sheet on or before the due date. Any alternatives to these arrangements will be made clear in the class context on campus Assignments will be returned in class or by regular mail.For ICT help call our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000. Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding public and university holidays)
Domestic fee $1,847.00
International Postgraduate fees
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 9 people apply to enrol.
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School of Teacher Education.