In the decade 1990-2000, the New Zealand curriculum underwent major revision.
Out went the old syllabus documentswhich had been developed overthe previous thirty years; in theirplace appeared the New Zealand
Curriculum Framework [NZCF] (Ministry of Education, 1993) and a raft of curriculum statements coveringthe seven essential learning areas(mathematics 1992, science 1993, English 1994, technology 1995, socialstudies 1997, health and physicaleducation 1999, the arts 2000).
In 1997, an undertaking was given that upon publication of the full set of curriculum statements there would be a time for consolidation and reflection.
To achieve this, a curriculum stocktake was established, the report of which was presented to the Minister of Education in September 2002.
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