Community Learning

Your Voice, Your Choice: Learning Units

The Electoral Commission’s Your Voice, Your Choice Learning Units for community education were developed with input from ACE Aotearoa for an adult learning environment.

Learners use social inquiry to explore the relationship between voting, New Zealand’s system of government and issues that face local communities and electorates. It provides a range of engaging activities, with supplementary resources, designed to encourage learners’ understanding and enthusiasm for the voting process.

The focus is on connecting the voting system to learners’ own lives to deepen their understanding about how New Zealand’s system of government operates. Learners will consider the relationship between local issues and our national system of government, and how they themselves can participate in this system.
 
These units are designed to be followed in order, but you are welcome to adapt any activity for your own planning. You are encouraged to adapt this sequence of learning activities to meet the specific needs and experiences of your learners.
 
Individual learning units and accompanying resources are available for download below:

Learning Units

Resources

Section 1: Community issues that are important to us (PDF 40.51 KB)

Concentric Circle Diagram (PDF 32.77 KB)

Section 2: Key concepts about our system of government (PDF 27.49 KB)

Concept Target (PDF 25.11 KB)

Concept Table (PDF 27.97 KB)

Section 3: Key concepts about participating in an election (PDF 30.48 KB)

Cloze Activity Resource (PDF 36.2 KB)

Cloze Activity Text (PDF 35.63 KB)

Section 4: Community issues that are important to others (PDF 32.8 KB)

Survey how are our voices represented (PDF 26.5 KB)

Section 5: Understanding community issues in more depth (PDF 35.06 KB)

Concentric Circle Diagram (PDF 32.77 KB) (from Section One)

Section 6: Who can best address community issues? (PDF 34.63 KB)

List of Political Parties

Retrieval Table (PDF 25 KB)

Concentric Circle Diagram (PDF 32.77 KB) (from Section One)

Section 7: Where can I go to find out more? (PDF 33.94 KB)

How do the media help you decide how to vote? (PDF 38.72 KB)

Evaluate Sources Table (PDF 25.64 KB)

Section 8: So why do I get two votes? (PDF 33.74 KB)

Survey how are our voices represented (PDF 26.5 KB) (from Section Four)

Information about the different voting systems (PDF 40.76 KB)

Three-level guide (PDF 41.76 KB)

Key Words Table (PDF 25.09 KB)

Section 9: Who gets to become the Government? (PDF 30.95 KB)

So who gets to become the Government? and Concept List (PDF 40.72 KB)

Roles and Responsibilities Table (PDF 32.89 KB)

Section 10: What does the Government do? (PDF 34.18 KB)

Government Response Table (PDF 24.63 KB)

Community Satisfaction Table (PDF 24.77 KB)

Section 11: How can people participate in Government? (PDF 30.8 KB)

Other ways you can have your say (PDF 43.87 KB)

SWOT analysis (PDF 32.83 KB)

Concept Target and Concepts (PDF 25.11 KB)

Section 12: Key concepts about our system of Government (PDF 27.7 KB)

 

*Original resource developed by Lift Education for the Electoral Commission. Adult learning units adapted by the Electoral Commission from the original resource with input from ACE Aotearoa.

The learning units are available for download and background information are available below.

 

Last updated: 07 February 2013