TECP318-23YC2 (D) Year C Second Half 2023 (Distance)

Research and Inquiry in Action

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 10 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 23 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 October 2023


The course requires the students to integrate and consolidate the knowledge from their programme of study, while also deepening and extending their professional knowledge and skills in one area of interest and choice. In this 300 level optional course, students will undertake an Inquiry based research project. They will be expected to work within the education community to identify and investigate an education related issue or topic of interest, and to gather information. Students will experience authentic research through a student-centred and scaffolded inquiry approach. They will research, synthesize and evaluate new knowledge, and make links to theory and ‘best’ classroom & centre practice. This process will contribute to the development of students' teaching philosophies.

*Please note this course is only available to initial teacher education students. To enrol in this course you need to be accepted and enrolled in one of our Initial Teacher Education programmes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students completing this course will be able to:
  • identify critical aspects of educational research and Inquiry Learning
  • critically examine and implement ethical considerations when undertaking research in an educational setting
  • understand and undertake the following components of an Inquiry based research project on curriculum content knowledge or pedagogical content knowledge: initial investigation and question formulation, project planning, literature review, identification of appropriate data gathering methods and their implementation, data analysis and synthesis of literature with analysed data to reach relevant conclusions
  • thoroughly document and critically reflect on their research practice with links to relevant theory
  • record and present their findings to an appropriate audience in a suitable format as negotiated with their lecturer
  • contribute critically to their own and peer’s research ideas through regular participation in lectures and mentor sessions


A minimum of 90 points from 200 level BTchLn (Early Childhood) or BTchLn (Primary) courses, including TEPI and TEPP courses.

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Presentation A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 14:30 Rehua 529
30 Oct - 5 Nov
02 Thursday 09:00 - 14:30 Rehua 429
30 Oct - 5 Nov

Timetable Note

• Distance students are encouraged to join course lectures and workshops ‘live’ via Zoom (link available in the course LEARN site), as per the Course Programme 2023 (also available in LEARN). Or, to at least view each lecture or workshop recording within the same week of the Course Programme 2023. Christchurch-based students are welcome to attend classes in person.

• Distance students are required to be available to participate in the ‘TECP318  Conference’ on Thursday 2nd November, 9am-2.30pm, via Zoom. Christchurch-based students are encouraged to attend this conference in person.

Course Coordinator

Nikki Tod


Laurel Fitzgerald


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Literature Review 22 Sep 2023 35%
Synthesis of Course and Inquiry in Action 65% (a) Presentation - Due Date 2 November 2023 (b) Journal - Due Dated 3 November 2023

There are clear timeline expectations for two key inquiry stages, in order to assist in meeting the due date for Assessment Two.
• Data gathering completed by Friday, 13th October
• Data analysis completed by Friday, 20th October

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 70

For further information see School of Teacher Education .

All TECP318 Occurrences

  • TECP318-23YC2 (C) Year C Second Half 2023
  • TECP318-23YC2 (D) Year C Second Half 2023 (Distance)