Years 9 - 13:
Gold Mining in Crisis:
A Historical Perspective

Secondary students will experience an overview of the museums knowledge and exhibits, and will analyse the historic social, political, economic and technological impacts on the period 1878 to 1952 in the context of gold mining in Waihi and the outlying areas.  They will discover how practices were unsustainable in a changing world.

The programme is estimated to take 45 minutes to an hour.

Education: Years 9-13

Level 5

Social sciences

  • Students will understand how the ideas and actions of people in the past have had a significant impact on people’s lives.
  • Students will understand how economic decisions impact on people, communities and nations.

Technology

  • Students will understand that technological outcomes are fit for purposes and time and content: and  that  conception of malfunction and failure can inform future outcomes.

Level 6

Social sciences

  • Students will understand  how cultures adapt and change and that this has consequences for society.

History

  • Students will understand how peoples perspectives on past events that are of significant to New Zealanders differ.

Geography

  • Students will understand how people interact with natural and cultural environments and that this interaction has its consequences.

Economics

  • Students will understand how, as a result of scarcity, consumers and producers, and government make choices that affect New Zealand society.

Level 7

Social sciences

  • Students will understand how conflicts can arise from different cultural beliefs and ideas and ideas and can be addressed in different ways with differing outcomes.

History

  • Students will understand how people’s interpretations on past events that are of significant to New Zealanders differ.

Geography

  • Students will understand how people’s perceptions of and interactions with natural and cultural environments differ and have changed over time.

Level 8

Social sciences

  • Students will understand how ideologies shape society and that individuals and groups respond differently to these beliefs.

History

  • Students will understand how trends over time reflect social, economic and political forces.

Geography

  • Students will understand how people’s diverse values, and perceptions influence the environmental, social and economic decisions and responses that they make.

Key social inquiry focuses and links

  • What historical, political and economic  catalysts that created  a new community in Waihi 1878 to 1952?
  • Who were some of the key players , and what roles  did they play?
  • How did chemistry support the gold mining process?
  • How did changing times effected the sustainability of technological and environmental  practices?
  • What was the impact of mining on the community?
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