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Developing our capacity in Matauranga Maori
We are looking for your help.
Western Psychology and Matauranga Maori have, historically, been miles apart and Western Psychology has dominated the discourse at the expense of Mana Whenua. As part of our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and with the support of the Networks of Expertise, the NZAPT is developing our cultural competencies in Te Ao Maori. Our first steps have been to participate in NEX training and begin to curate resources in our shared member drive. We recognise that some of our members might not see ways that they can be involved in areas that they feel they have expertise in and we are determined to address this in 2022.
In 2022, our key actions are
The goal of these actions are:
To build curriculum resources that teach all Psychology students a Maori worldview
To develop our knowledge so Maori can experience success as Māori within Secondary School Psychology
To provide culturally specific content to enhance student capabilities when working with Māori and Indigenous peoples that use health services and the wider fields within Psychology.
To recognise the māna of psychology teachers with good practice and/or resources by providing ways to discuss or share these within the Association.
A message from NZAPT Chair Sam Dudek
Congratulations to all of you who introduced Psychology into your school in 2021. There is no doubt that Psychology is an incredibly popular area of study with both students and, increasingly, parents as it becomes essential knowledge for an ever-growing range of professions. It has been an extremely popular subject for many years at tertiary level here in New Zealand and has been one of the most popular subjects at secondary school in comparable cultures such as the UK, US and Australia.
For you ‘old hands’ - you are no doubt seeing the benefits of implementing Psychology within your school. It helps enhance the understanding of the scientific method by engaging students in critical analysis of historical as well as contemporary research from a range of cultures. It is also an effective tool in identifying the many issues that are at the forefront of current scientific research such as ethics, the replication crisis, cultural as well as gender bias and issues around socially sensitive research. Psychology is directly relevant to both the students as individuals, and their understanding of the social dynamics and stereotypes as they view the world around them.
Over the past 12 months, the NZAPT have developed a bank of moderated examples and feedback has been provided across the range of standards. Additionally, there are teacher resources available for each of the 10 Level 2 and Level 3 standards within the member area of the website.
A strength of psychology in New Zealand is there are many options available that enable you to develop a local curriculum that suits your learners. You may wish to enhance an existing course with specific standards. We have members that have introduced relevant standards within their senior Social Studies courses, Health, English P.E., Business and Science courses. Psychology has also been included within junior Social Science programmes for example when trying to understand the social conformity and obedience exhibited in Europe during the Holocaust.
If we can offer you one bit of planning advice, it is to lay out the standards matrix for the levels that you plan to teach. Against these standards identify the contexts and key areas of study that you wish to share with your students. Researching current courses at tertiary level and also knowing your students can be especially helpful in this process. When considering which topics would fit best with which standards, consider looking at the achievement criteria of the standards. For example, if you are going to teach the Approaches standards at level 2 and 3 be aware that a focus at level 3 is how the Approaches interact. This may mean some topics where the theories of the different approaches integrate in a given context will be more suitable, this doesn’t need to be a restriction at level 2.
As always questions are warmly welcomed on our Facebook page throughout the year!
Our 2021 Conference looks a little different to usual!
Kia ora koutou,
Your conference has come to you via the courier this year as a small token of our appreciation for your hard work and enthusiasm, in what has been a very challenging year.
So, dig into the chocolate, play with the stress ball and scan the QR code for some printable resources for your classroom.
We are very much looking forward to seeing you in 2022 and we are strategizing how to best plan for an event that meets your needs and that does not have to be postponed again.
When you scan the QR code (included in pack) , this will take you to a folder which will have some posters for classroom wall displays. We also have some examples of year planners and some of our favourite learning activities. We are feeling very environmentally conscious so have decided to include a QR code instead of numerous printing.
The final three unit planning resources have now been finished so we have a complete set of teacher resources for level 2 and Level 3 where you can source ideas, inspiration and support for teaching and assessing psychology.
Keep healthy and safe. Have a wonderful holiday in the festive season with friends and family .
We are really looking forward to seeing you in the first half of 2022.
Ngaa mihi nui,
your NZAPT Conference Committee
Gaye, Sally, Sam, Eric, Megan, Sarah N, Sarah D, and Craig
Psychology - Online Assessor SupportShow: Psychology Homepage
Various free resources to support assessors are available on the NZQA Learning Management System, Pūtake, including subject specific bite-sized modules and a full range of online Best Practice Workshops. The material is available at any time via the Education Sector Logon, at no cost.
Available resources for Psychology:
Log in to PūtakeGo to http://lms.nzqa.govt.nz and log in using your ESL details. You will be taken to your own Pūtake homepage/dashboard, showing the content available to you. To quickly access the content for your subject, use the Catalogue button at the top of your browser, and then select your subject from the list on the left
Invoices for member schools to renew for 2022 were sent out 9/12/21
Please check your inbox for a Xero Invoice.
In the past, some schools have preferred to sneak their invoices through at the end of a school year. Others find their accounts team prefer the start of the new school year. We hope that sending out the invoices now allows you to select which option works best for you.