Adult Learning (2019)

The subject of Adult Learning aims to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of learning and teaching processes, practices and structures in this area. It equips graduates with the knowledge to work alongside adults in New Zealand tertiary institutions such as adult and community education agencies, polytechnics, private training establishments, wananga and universities.

Adult Learning is available as a minor for all undergraduate degrees.

To complete a minor in Adult Learning, students must complete 60 points in Adult Learning, including EDSOC202 and PCSS330; and at least 30 points from CMYHE201, EDSOC200, EDUCA210, HMDEV202, SOCWK205 and WKEMP300.

Initial enquiries should be made to the Faculty of Education.


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  • Prescriptions for the GradDip(AdLg)

    To complete a Graduate Diploman Adult Learning, students must complete 120 points, including both EDSOC202 and EDSOC302, at least 15 points from HMDEV202 and/or EDUCA210, and the remaining points from HMDEV302, EDSOC300, SOCW305, WKEMP300 or other approved papers at 300 level or above.

  • Prescriptions for the MEd

    To complete a Master of Education in Adult Learning, students must complete 180 points at 500 level, including at least 60 points from 500 level, and an approved research methods paper. Students will normally be expected to focus their required independent research on a topic related to Adult Learning.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    EDUCA110Learning and Teaching 119A (Tauranga) & 19B (Hamilton)
    In this paper, students will examine personal experiences that shape views of learning and teaching, theories of learning, and a range of innovative teaching practices to engage diverse learners.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    CMYHE201Healthy Lifestyles and Healthy Communities19B (Hamilton)
    This paper aims to develop understanding of sociological analyses and critiques of health promotion and to develop comprehension of the relationship between practice and the wider cultural, environmental, political, and social contexts in which health promotion occurs.
    EDSOC200Education and New Zealand Society19A (Hamilton)
    This paper critically examines educational ideas and practices by considering philosophical, historical, political, socio-cultural and economic aspects. It examines how the interrelationships between education and society change over time.
    EDSOC202Planning Learning Opportunities for Adults19A (Hamilton)
    This paper investigates fundamental concepts of adult learning and then studies some adult learning theorists whose work is relevant to programme development. Major bottom-up and top-down approaches are taken to understand the dynamics of programme development. Students develop and apply their own approach to development, implement...
    EDUCA210Learning and Teaching 219A (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
    In this paper, students will examine diverse experiences of learners and teachers to build an understanding of multiple perspectives, influential pedagogies, and critical approaches to learning challenges.
    HMDEV202Adult Development and Ageing19A (Online)
    This paper draws on theories from developmental psychology, sociology, demography, philosophy and biology to examine learning and change processes through adulthood, and discusses implications for personal and social development.
    SOCWK205Community Development19A (Tauranga)
    This paper critically explores the evolution, dimensions and practice of community development in Aoteoroa New Zealand including Maori development. It also focuses on the strategies, skills and tools necessary for community development practice.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    EDSOC301History of New Zealand Education19B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the recent history of New Zealand education, with particular emphasis on the Tomorrow's Schools and other educational reforms introduced in the 1980s and those that have followed.
    EDSOC302Adults Learning for Life19B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the character of adult learning including analysis of social issues in the field. It focusses on areas within lifelong learning where social inequalities are most prevalent.
    HMDEV302Ageing in a Changing World19B (Hamilton)
    This paper considers the issues arising for adults as they age. It will critically reflect on issues around positive ageing in a global context.
    WKEMP300Education, Skill and Employment19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Online)
    The purpose of this paper is to focus on policy and practice in the field of paid work, education and training. This encapsulates tertiary education a field that includes: adult and community education; higher education; vocational education and training; human resource development; and workplace learning.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ADLNG500Issues in Adult and Tertiary Education19B (Block)
    This paper will investigate issues in current theory, policy and practices in adult and tertiary education locally and internationally. In the course of this enquiry, students will be expected to critique multiple perspectives, develop a coherent philosophical base and a research design to address a specific issue.
    HMDEV502Ageing and Society19B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines how ageing is constituted in both social and political discourses, and how the resulting messages influence the everyday experiences of older people.

2019 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 15 November 2018 2:19pm

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