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EDUC473 Professional Experience (Primary)

Design evidence-informed learning interventions and use teaching strategies across curriculum learning areas that demonstrate decision-making skills, reflexive practice, personal teaching growth and development.

This paper supports student teachers to connect theory and practice in school and campus based learning opportunities. Underpinning this paper are concepts of teaching as inquiry and important values for educators, such as communication, critical thinking, cultural understanding, ethics, professional commitment and readiness, lifelong learning, self-motivation and teamwork.

Paper title Professional Experience (Primary)
Paper code EDUC473
Subject Education
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (17 January 2023 - 15 December 2023) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,162.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
Primary Education only.

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinators: Dr Jane Tilson and Dr Helen Trevethan

Paper Structure

This paper has two components - a course (or "taught" component) and a professional experience component.

  • Professional and ethical role of the teacher
  • Effective relationships
  • The inquiring teacher
  • Behaviour for learning
  • Effective pedagogy
  • Managing a differentiated learning environment 
  • Engaging with te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori in the educational setting
  • Planning and assessment
  • Using assessment and critical reflection to develop adaptive, reflexive practices
  • Identifying and revising personal theories of teaching and learning
  • Working with whānau
Teaching Arrangements

It has weekly 3-hours of workshops in semester one and two hours of workshops in semester two with a tentative schedule of content that will be modified as required.

What Else is Needed for This Paper?
Electronic means of videoing teaching (e.g. iPhone, iPad or similar)


Required Text:
Hill, M. & Thrupp, M. (2019). The professional practice of teaching in New Zealand (6th ed.). Cengage Learning.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Student teachers who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

  • Independently design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based learner interventions;
  • Demonstrate progress with te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori in practice;
  • Critically apply and evaluate theories of teaching;
  • Independently gather, analyse, and interpret assessment data to inform pedagogical decisions; and
  • Articulate and justify the refinement of their personal and professional philosophy of teaching and learning.

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1st Non standard period (17 January 2023 - 15 December 2023)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 09:00-09:50 8-14
Friday 09:00-10:50 5-6, 8-13, 23-25, 29-31, 41-44