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EDCR232 Science and Technology

Introduction to science and technology education curricula, focusing on learning for Years 1-8.

Paper title Science and Technology
Paper code EDCR232
Subject Education
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (On campus)
Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $912.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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(EDPR 131 or EDPR 151) and ELIT 199 and EMAT 199
Limited to
Primary Education and Te Pōkai Mātauranga o te Ao Rua (Primary Bicultural Education) students only

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Helen Trevethan,

Teaching staff

Dr Helen Trevethan (Science - Dunedin)
Angela Miller (Technology - Dunedin)

Paper Structure

For each learning area:

  • Overview and linkages
  • Curriculum structure and language
  • Teaching and learning approaches
  • Planning and assessment
  • Community links
  • Te Reo me ōna Tikanga Māori
  • ICT/E-learning
  • Technological design processes (Technology)

Recommended Reading:


  • Compton V.J & Compton A.D. (2013). Teaching the nature of technology: determining and supporting student learning of hte philosophy of technology. International Journal of Technology and Design Education 23(2), p229-256.
  • Fox-Turnbull, W. (2015). Conversations to support learning in technology education. In Williams, P.J. et al. (eds) The Future of Technology Education, Contemporary Issues in Technology Education. Singapore: Springer Science and Business Media. Chapter 6, pp. 99-120


  • Bull, A., Joyce, C., & Hipkins, R. (2014). Constructing your primary schools' science curriculum. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research
  • Bull, A., Joyce, C., Spiller, L., & Hipkins, R. (2010). Kick-Starting the Nature of Science. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research
  • Skamp, K. & Preston, K. (2021). Teaching primary science constructively (7th ed.). South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning Australia

Essential Websites:



Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the theoretical foundations, structure and language that underpin the Science and Technology learning areas of The New Zealand Curriculum (2007)
  2. Create and justify planning for teaching in Science and Technology which is inclusive of all learners
  3. Include links to Te Ao Māori and use of ICTs to enrich learning experiences

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
A3 Thursday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41

Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 09:00-10:50 29-34, 36-41
Thursday 12:15-14:05 28-34, 36-38