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Common Elements in a Unit of Work

Identifying a Need

This is often student driven but may be introduced by the teacher as a result of a current/contemporary issue.

Examples of needs illustrated in the resource:

He Wahakura. To reduce the high rate of unexpected cot death in Māori babies.

Tā Moko. To show identity and develop a sense of belonging, whānaungatanga and responsibility.

Te Mīere Mānuka. To address unemployment in a rural community.

Te Tiaki Manu. To preserve native bird species for future generations.

Ngā Mahi Pāpāho Māori. To provide broadcasting choices that educate, inform and entertain Māori speaking audiences of all ages.

Identifying and understanding the issues around the need identified.

  • Why is it a need?
  • Who is being affected?
  • What is the impact on others?
  • Why should I plan to address this need?

Undertaking and Presenting Research

The purpose of research is:

  • to widen the student’s knowledge about the need or opportunity
  • to support and guide the student’s thinking
  • to clarify a situation
  • to inform potential solutions

There are many ways of presenting research, the purpose of the presentation is:

  • to inform others
  • to clarify their own thinking by sharing it
  • to substantiate a case for the development
  • to help others understand the need and the issues

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