TEPI615-23X (C) General non-calendar-based 2023

Research for Teaching

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 November 2023
End Date: Sunday, 21 January 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 26 November 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 31 December 2023


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.

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Learning Outcomes

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 settings
2. Compare and contrast conceptual and theoretical frameworks for teacher inquiry and practitioner research
3. Critically reflect on the attributes of professional learning communities through theory, research, and experience
4. Construct an understanding of teacher leadership through lenses such as identity, agency, collaboration, learning, inquiry, collective work, career, and organizational theories
5. Deepen knowledge and commitments to social justice, equity, diversity, tangata whenuatanga in education

University Graduate Attributes

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.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 12:00 Rehua 103 Project Workshop
13 Nov - 24 Dec
Workshop B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 12:00 Rehua 103 Project Workshop
13 Nov - 24 Dec

Course Coordinator

Misty Sato


Kerry Vincent


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Research Literature Review 50%
Critcal Reflection 50% Critical reflection illustrating an understanding of teaching as a learning profession through the themes of teaching as inquiry, communities of learners, teacher leadership, and the quest for social justice in education

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.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,990.00

* 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.

For further information see School of Teacher Education .

All TEPI615 Occurrences

  • TEPI615-23X (C) General non-calendar-based 2023
  • TEPI615-23X (D) General non-calendar-based 2023 (Distance)