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Students in this course will examine contemporary educational issues that teachers face in practice in classrooms, schools, and communities. Students will unpack problems of practice using multiple theoretical and practice-based lenses. Issues of social justice, equity, diversity, tangata whenuatanga, and the ecological and cultural aspects of schools and schooling will be the central focus of the course, with student-directed topics also being explored. Positioning the teacher as researcher will allow students to explore varying approaches to educational research.
This is not a research methods course and will not include a data-based research project. Rather, students will explore educational issues and educational research literature to expand and deepen understanding of student-directed topics.*Please note this course is only available to students who have completed the Post Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning.Click here to view a 9 minute video for details about the course schedule, focus, and assessments:
On the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1. Synthesize, evaluate, and critique educational research as it pertains to problems of practice in educational settings2. Compare and contrast conceptual and theoretical frameworks for teacher inquiry and practitioner research3. Critically reflect on the attributes of professional learning communities through theory, research, and experience4. Construct an understanding of teacher leadership through lenses such as identity, agency, collaboration, learning, inquiry, collective work, career, and organizational theories5. Deepen knowledge and commitments to social justice, equity, diversity, tangata whenuatanga in education
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Students must pass all assessment requirements to obtain a final passing grade for this course. Final grades will be delivered at an examiners meeting and reported using the UC common grading system.
Domestic fee $1,990.00
International Postgraduate fees
* 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