EDEM685-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Culturally Inclusive Pedagogies: Motivating Diverse Learners

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 1 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 10 May 2019


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.

Learning Outcomes

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

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01-P1 Saturday 09:00 - 12:00 Rehua 528 Dance and Drama Studio (11/5, 25/5)
Rehua 529 (23/2, 23/3, 6/4)
18 Feb - 24 Feb
18 Mar - 24 Mar
1 Apr - 7 Apr
6 May - 12 May
20 May - 26 May
01-P2 Saturday 09:00 - 10:30 Rehua 528 Dance and Drama Studio
8 Apr - 14 Apr
01-P3 Saturday 09:30 - 13:00 Rehua 529
4 Mar - 10 Mar
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Saturday 11:00 - 12:30 Rehua 528 Dance and Drama Studio 8 Apr - 14 Apr
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01-P1 Saturday 13:00 - 16:00 Rehua 528 Dance and Drama Studio (11/5, 25/5)
Rehua 529 (23/2, 23/3, 6/4-13/4)
18 Feb - 24 Feb
18 Mar - 24 Mar
1 Apr - 14 Apr
6 May - 12 May
20 May - 26 May
01-P2 Saturday 13:30 - 16:00 Rehua 529 4 Mar - 10 Mar

Course Coordinators

Angus Macfarlane and James Graham

Contributing Lecturers:
Emeritus Professor Ted Glynn
Associate Professor  Sonja Macfarlane
Adjunct Professor Wally Penetito
Associate Professor Melinda Webber


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Literature Review and In-class Brief Presentation and Discussion Paper - related to Literature Review 23 Mar 2019 30%
Essay and Action Plan 35% Due: 27 April or 11 May 2019
Test 25 May 2019 35%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

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.

Recommended Reading

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.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

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.

Assessment and grading system

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 Scale
Grade    GPA      Marks
A+          9      90 – 100
A            8      85 – 89.99
A-           7      80 – 84.99
B+          6      75 – 79.99
B            5      70 – 74.99
B-           4      65 – 69.99
C+          3      60 – 64.99
C            2      55 – 59.99
C-           1      50 – 54.99
D            0      40 – 49.99
E           -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.

Grade moderation

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.

Late submission of work

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.

Other specific requirements

Access to web –based discussions will be a discussed at the commencement of the course.

Requests for extensions

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.

Special consideration of assessment items

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; or
ii.   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;
i.    they have been selected to perform, compete, adjudicate, or officiate as a national sporting representative at national or international competitions; or
ii.   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.

Course Website

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

Where to submit and collect work

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)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,847.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 9 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Teacher Education.

All EDEM685 Occurrences

  • EDEM685-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019
  • EDEM685-19X (R) General non-calendar-based 2019 (Rotorua)