Creating active Citizens? Interpreting, Implementing and Assessing "Personal Social Action" in NCEA Social Studies'

Project Description:

New Zealand has taken the goal of creating ‘active citizens’ further than most countries in its assessment of social action in the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). Three of the current NCEA achievement standards (AS) in social studies (one at each level) now require students to undertake ‘personal social action’. Yet, beyond the brief Explanatory Notes in the AS and three exemplars, there is little guidance on how students should undertake ‘personal social action’, what it means to do so, or how it should be assessed. This project aims to support teachers and students with interpreting and implementing the NCEA assessment requirements for students to take ‘personal social action’ in senior social studies. The research seeks to answer the following questions: What factors influence teachers’ decisions to offer (or not offer) the personal social action achievement standards? How do teachers assess the social actions that students undertake and how do they facilitate student success? What do students understand the NCEA social action requirements to be and what are their views on the value of the personal social action standards? How can teachers encourage critical and transformative forms of social action? Key outputs of this research will include the development of effective practice guidelines for implementing this aspect of learning..

Funding Body:

RTVUNIW-Research Trust of Victoria Unive

Date Range:

2015-2017

Project Team:

University Researchers                                           

Dr Bronwyn Wood, Victoria University of Wellington (Project Leader)

Dr Rowena Taylor, Massey University                                         

Rose Atkins, Massey University                                                           
Dr Michael Johnston, Victoria University of Wellington                        

Teacher Researchers           

Amy Perkins, Bishop Viard, Porirua, Wellington

Caroline Wallis, Paraparaumu College, Paraparaumu

Kathy Grey, Horowhenua College, Levin

Joanne Wilson, Palmerston North Girls’ High, Palmerston North                                                                      

Mary Greenland,  Nayland College, Nelson

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