The New Zealand Social Science Conference (SOCCON) 2021 will be held in Ōtautahi Christchurch at St Andrews College on 4 - 6 October 2021. It is fitting that our location for the conference is Ōtautahi Christchurch, a city that has had to ‘Embrace Change' like no other in recent years.
The conference promises a stimulating programme for professional development in 2021. Make sure you save the date and put SocCon2021 into your PD budget and calendar!
We chose the theme of ‘Embracing Change’ as that has certainly been an essential value in teaching in this challenging Covid-19 world. The theme provides a wonderful opportunity to come together and explore new ways of doing things. The sun will rise at the end of these troubled times and energise our efforts. As we learn and challenge each other, and work together as a team of teachers, we will reinforce that the social sciences, more than ever, is a fundamental pillar of the NZ Curriculum.
As social science educators we are about to be engaged in some major curriculum and assessment changes, Embracing New Zealand History; NCEA Changes and Civics and Citizenship curricular will require sound pedagogy and creative assessment practices as schools design, adapt and think of new ways to approach teaching the Social Sciences. NZ SocCon 2021 aims to be a conduit for the important conversation between primary and secondary educators to ensure that teaching and learning in these new social science initiatives follow a clear, smooth, and logical pathway.
We look forward to welcoming you to SOCCON 2021 in Ōtautahi Christchurch.
Hei konā mai Callum Green NZ SocCon 2021 Conference Chairperson