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EDUC402 Current Issues in Education

An introduction to postgraduate study and its required academic skills through discussion and critical evaluation of national and international trends in education.

EDUC 402 Current Issues in Education

  • Communicating your learning
  • Beginning engagements with research literature
    • Identifying, locating and reviewing quality research literature
    • Using library and research resources to advance thinking and research practice
    • Synthesising research literature and reporting on implications for research practice
  • The implications of the Treaty of Waitangi for New Zealand education
  • Global issues in education, such as:
    • Using PISA/OECD data
    • Internationalisation
  • Topical issues, such as:
    • STEM
    • Modern learning environments
    • COLs
    • Partnership schools/COOLs
    • Class size

Paper title Current Issues in Education
Paper code EDUC402
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,206.91
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
PGCertEdLn, PGDipEdLn, MEdLn, BA(Hons), PGDipArts, MA(Coursework), MA(Thesis)
Students outside of the approved programmes, with 54 300-level EDUC points, may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education.

Teaching staff

Dr Keryn Pratt

Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.


Students will be expected to access required readings via the library and the Internet and to source their own relevant readings.

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

By the end of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Identify educational issues currently under discussion.
  2. Understand an issue from multiple perspectives.
  3. Critically evaluate new trends.
  4. Choose and justify a position on an issue.
  5. Effectively communicate their learning.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system