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EDCR332 Curriculum in Context

An in-depth examination of the pedagogy and content of one chosen learning area (from EDCR132, EDCR133, EDCR232 or EDCR233). Broadly examines curriculum development and design through the analysis of current educational initiatives and approaches to school-wide curriculum implementation.

This paper allows students to study in more depth a learning area/subject selected from EDCR132 (Music, Dance, Drama), EDCR133 (Health & Physical Education), EDCR232 (Science & Technology) or EDCR233 (Social Studies, Learning Languages & Visual Arts). In the selected learning area/subject, the content critically examines respective theories and practices associated with teaching and learning. The content will critique a range of diverse learning possibilities and encourage debate in relation to learning area/subject related issues. Though there is variation according to respective learning areas/subjects, the following will be included:

  • Content and pedagogical approaches
  • Current issues
  • Inclusion, technology, Te Reo and tikanga, fostering strengths of all learners
  • Leadership and motivation
  • Community links and examples
  • Unit planning

The paper then allows the students to apply curriculum principles and effective pedagogical knowledge to the concept of school based curriculum development and the models or approaches schools choose to deliver learning. The following will be included:

  • Curriculum design e.g. subject centred, learner centred, problem based
  • Curriculum conceptions e.g. humanist, academic, rationalist
  • Models and approaches e.g. personalised learning, integrated learning, inquiry learning, traditional
  • Innovative classroom environments
  • Thinking strategies e.g. Gardier's Multiple Intelligences, De Bono, Thinker keys, Habits of Mind
  • Designing curriculum- process and issues, including EOTC and ICT

Paper title Curriculum in Context
Paper code EDCR332
Subject Education
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Full Year (On campus)
Full Year (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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EDCR 132, EDCR 133, EDCR 232, EDCR 233
EDPR 331
EDUP 300, EDCR 333
Limited to
Primary Education students only.

Paper Coordinator: Dr Steven Sexton

Teaching staff

Dr Steven Sexton (Dunedin)
Trish Wells (Dunedin)
Olivia Weaver (Dunedin)
Maria Kewene-Edwards (Dunedin)
Andrea Robertson (Dunedin)
Shannon McNatty (Dunedin)

Alli McKenzie (Southland)
Julie Mynes (Southland)


There are no set textbooks for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise recent New Zealand and international literature and perspectives on teaching and learning
  2. Use, evaluate and adapt a range of teaching approaches and resources to support learning
  3. Discuss criteria for best practice and critique examples
  4. Identify and discuss issues associated with the implementation and proposed action for dealing with these issues

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 9-14
Wednesday 14:00-15:50 16-19, 28-32

Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 28-32
Wednesday 10:00-11:50 9-12, 14