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About the curriculum stocktake

Alongside the introduction of new curriculum timelines in 1997 came a promise that, following the publication of the full set of curriculum statements, a time of consolidation and reflection would occur. The last document produced was the arts curriculum in September 2000. The object was not to rush into revision of the curriculum, but to take stock of the previous decade's developments and their implications for teaching and learning, and to consider what they indicate for future curriculum directions.

The key outcomes of the curriculum stocktake were:

  • an assurance of, and increased confidence in, the quality of the New Zealand curriculum as policy
  • a higher likelihood of effective implementation of the New Zealand Curriculum and therefore of improved outcomes for students
  • an agreed direction and process for the ongoing development of the New Zealand curriculum; in each case applying to the curriculum in English and in te reo Māori.

The curriculum stocktake investigated a number of problems and issues associated with the New Zealand curriculum and its development which have been raised in and outside the sector. These were:

  • philosophical, epistemological issues
  • pedagogical issues
  • the capability of teachers to meet the demands of the curriculum
  • manageability issues (including crowdedness of the curriculum)
  • legal and official status of documents, including the status and nature of a foundation policy statement, and status of Māori statements
  • a lack of objective information about the translation of the curriculum at the school and classroom levels from policy into practice and effect on learning and achievement
  • issues of curriculum (learning materials) support: what kind, how much done by the Ministry or by commercial publishers, teacher associations, or teachers themselves?
  • the need for an agreed process for ongoing maintenance, review, and renewal of the curriculum, and the need to establish a clear future direction for curriculum development
  • the status of second language learning.

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Published on: 12 Oct 2007