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EDUC403 Perspectives on Teaching and Learning

An exploration of current theory and research on learning and teaching relevant to a broad range of educational settings.

EDUC 403 Perspectives on Teaching and Learning

  • Theories of learning:
    • Explore and critique a range of theories of learning, such as information processing, and social cognitive theory
    • Consider their application to learning contexts
  • Assessment (formative and summative):
    • Understand approaches to assessment and how they impact upon student learning
  • Metacognition:
    • Understand metacognition
    • how metacognition impacts on academic success
    • how metacognitive thinking can be scaffolded
  • Teacher and learner beliefs and motivation:
    • Understand the part that affective factors, such as self efficacy beliefs, have on student success

Paper title Perspectives on Teaching and Learning
Paper code EDUC403
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,206.91
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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 David Berg

Professor Jeffrey Smith

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. Comprehend the richness and complexity of teaching
  2. Apply current perspectives of how people learn
  3. Explore options for teaching approaches for different learning outcomes
  4. Identify and evaluate a wide range of research on teaching and learning
  5. Gain an enhanced understanding of themselves as learners

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Semester 2

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