Social sciences = How societies work and how people can participate as critical, active and
THE 4 STRANDS
Reference: NZ Curriculum (2007) Social Sciences page 30.
1. Identity, Culture and Organisation: About the functions of society and different
communities with diverse cultures and identities.
2. Place and Environment: How people perceive, represent, interpret and interact with
different places and environments.
3. Continuity and change: About past event and experiences, and the impact the actions of
these events has.
4. The Economic World: About peoples participation in the economy in regards to the
consumption, production, and distribution of goods and services.
How do we facilitate learning for diverse students in social sciences?
Make connections to student’s lives:
Connect learning to their lives by using content relative to their culture and experience.
Make student’s own lives a point of comparison.
Ensure inclusive content.
Align experiences to important outcomes:
Relating new information to concepts and ideas that are significant.
Students need opportunities to engage in experiences aligned to the learning.
Model the intended outcomes.
Make the purpose of learning clear.
Align assessment with teaching.
Provide opportunity to revisit c