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This course will further develop students' understanding and knowledge of how to give effect to the vision of the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. Students will experience, as well as learn about, the dimensions of effective pedagogy and how these dimensions inform the principles and practice of designing and implementing effective learning experiences, including good practice for Maori and Pasifika learners. Students will implement these understandings when undertaking the associated Professional Practice course.
*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.
1. Reflect, examine, demonstrate and articulate the teacher dispositions, teacher values and culturally-based pedagogy that encourage reflective thought and action, and to become a strong advocate of culturally responsive practice for all students, and particularly for Māori and Pasifika learners. 2. Examine and articulate a range of management strategies that encourage positive and respectful relationships with all learners.3. Examine and articulate an understanding of effective pedagogy to identify, facilitate, monitor and record learning for all children.4. Critically engage with a variety of assessment methods to inform next steps in teaching and learning.5. Further demonstrate development and implementation of Te Reo Māori me ōna Tikanga as this relates to the New Zealand Curriculum (2007)6. Examine and articulate an understanding of teacher actions, including the successful application of digital technologies that promote children’s learning.
Hill, Mary , Thrupp, Martin;
The professional practice of teaching in New Zealand
The New Zealand curriculum
Learning Media for the Ministry of Education, 2007.
New Zealand. , New Zealand Teachers Council;
Tātaiako : cultural competencies for teachers of Māori learners
Ministry of Education, 2011.
All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations. Work submitted may be analysed by the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. Where there is evidence that cheating or plagiarism has occurred students will be awarded an X grade and the matter will be referred to the year level coordinator, and/or the Head of the School of Teacher Education.
Assessment procedures will follow the established policies of the UC College of Education, Health and Human Development Assessment Guidelines. Grading ScaleGrade GPA MarksA+ 9 90 – 100A 8 85 – 89.99A- 7 80 – 84.99B+ 6 75 – 79.99B 5 70 – 74.99B- 4 65 – 69.99C+ 3 60 – 64.99C 2 55 – 59.99C- 1 50 – 54.99D 0 40 – 49.99E -1 0 – 39.99The score for each assessment item will be aggregated for the final grade. Normally a student will need to pass all assignments in a course. However, at the time of the examiner’s meeting when one of the grades for an assignment is just below the passing grade and the other grades are at a satisfactory level, the examiner may also consider factors such as attendance, engagement and the tertiary literacy standard of the assignment. In consultation, the examiner may decide to award the aggregated scores/grades. Assessment procedures will follow the policies of the UC College of Education Assessment Guidelines. Final grades will be calculated and reported using the UC Common Grading Scale.
A student seeking credit in any course must attend such lectures, and perform satisfactorily such oral, practical, written and other work as the Head of Department/School concerned may require.’ (University of Canterbury Calendar 2014, p.43)Students are expected to attend all scheduled course sessions, actively engage with course content and actively participate in course activities in order to meet the learning outcomes of the course. Students are expected to notify lecturers prior to their absence with an explanation. Extended absences must be accompanied by a medical certificate or similar (as for aegrotat provisions).Students with less than 80% attendance are at-risk of not meeting the criteria for seeking credit in the course. The course lecturer may require evidence that they have actively engaged with the content and activities of the missed sessions. Attendance evidenceFLO students – attendance and active participation at On-site Intensives and Adobe Connect (webinar) of Zoom sessions, accessing of ECHO360 lecture recordings, completion of forum tasks, participation in educational setting/school visits and other requirements specified by the course coordinator.On Campus students –attendance and active participation at lectures, workshops, labs and/or Adobe Connect (webinar) or Zoom sessions, accessing of ECHO360 recordings, completion of forum tasks, participation in educational setting/school visits and other requirements specified by the course coordinator.
Formal and informal evaluation will take place in accordance with the relevant Course Evaluation Policy, to provide feedback to staff about the relevance and validity of what has been learned as well as the quality of course delivery.
The courses will be internally moderated in accordance with the processes adopted by the College of Education. An examiners’ meeting will be held at the end of the course to determine the final grades and to ensure fairness and consistency.
All assignments must be submitted on or before the due date. If an assignment is late (without a prior arranged extension) then it will normally not be marked. However, if the course lecturer is notified within 24 hours of the due date and there is a genuine issue, for which evidence must be given, it may be considered but the assignment grade is usually restricted to a minimum passing grade (50%) for that assessment. If the assessment is late it is automatically excluded from a resubmission opportunity unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Tertiary literacy standard Assignments that do not meet a tertiary literacy standard will be marked but that mark will be sanctioned. The student will be given one opportunity to correct the assignment so that it demonstrates tertiary technical writing skills. These skills include the correct use of spelling (including the appropriate use of macrons when spelling Māori words), sentence structure, punctuation, paragraphing and the appropriate use of APA referencing. The corrected work must be resubmitted within seven calendar days.Once the work is at an appropriate tertiary literacy standard the sanction on the mark will be removed.
Extensions are reserved for exceptional circumstances only and are not granted automatically. The course lecturer responsible for the assessment must be contacted by email a minimum of two working days before the due date, and the application must be supported by relevant evidence (e.g. medical certificate, letter from counsellor). The student’s course lecturer will then make a recommendation to the course coordinator who will make a final decision. If an extension is granted there will normally be no resubmit given for that assignment. An extension will normally be for no more than two weeks and the date of the extension must be provided to the student in writing.Extensions will not be granted because of pressure of university study, e.g. several pieces of work being due around the same time. The procedure for extensions is fully outlined in the College of Education, Health and Human Development Assessment Guidelines.
The decision to grant a resubmission will be made by the course lecturer in consultation with the course coordinator and will be subject to the student concerned having demonstrated a satisfactory level of course attendance and participation. Normally a resubmit will only be considered for assignments which meets most of the pass criteria and meets the tertiary literacy standards and which is within the ‘D’ range (40.00 – 49.99%). Assignments which have been resubmitted are restricted to a minimum passing grade (C- or 50%) for that assessment. Students may only be granted one resubmission per course.The timeframe for students resubmitting work will normally be no more than two weeks and the date of the resubmission must be provided to the student in writing.
Where for reasons beyond their control, students are prevented from completing an assessment or suffer significant impairment, they may apply for what is known as “special consideration”. University of Canterbury Special Consideration provisions may apply to impaired performance, non-completion of assessment items, and to late discontinuation (withdrawal) from a course. A detailed description of special consideration and materials to support the applications process are available at: Special Considerations Process. Generally speaking, applications for special considerations should be lodged within five working days of the due date of that assessment item. For more details on this, please refer to the Special Considerations Regulations. This information replaces any previous references to special consideration, Aegrotat or Backdated (Late) Withdrawal in the Course Information System, Learn or Course Outlines. If you are unclear about the implications or process please discuss with your Course Coordinator or contact the Student Advice team for assistance.
As well as attending classes, it is essential that all students regularly access the course Learn site. All course information such as the course kaupapa, notices, assessment information, required and recommended readings, audio recordings of some lectures, and other teaching resources etc. will be available on this site
Normally, assignments will be submitted and returned via the Learn site. It is the responsibility of the students to check their emails at least twice a week and ensure Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system is functioning. Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated.For ICT help call our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000. Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding public and university holidays)It is a student’s responsibility to uplift marked work and feedback in a timely manner. It is strongly recommended that students retain a back-up copy of all submitted work.
Domestic fee $785.00
International fee $3,500.00
* 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.
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School of Teacher Education