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EDUC471 Teaching in a New Zealand Context

Examines and critiques the education system in Aotearoa and the learning theories and key documents that underpin development as a member of the teaching profession.

Paper title Teaching in a New Zealand Context
Paper code EDUC471
Subject Education
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (30 January 2023 - 21 June 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

Dr. Rachel Martin

Teaching staff

Rachel Martin (Paper Coordinator)
Melissa Bell
Roberta Carvalho
Margie Campbell-Price
Iain McGilchrist


Paper Structure
  • Personal and life worlds:
    • What is teaching?
    • What is learning?
    • What is education?
    • Who is education for?
    • Reflecting on own learning journeys
    • Prior learning
  • Education:
    • What has shaped and influenced the education system in Aotearoa New Zealand? (Whose voices? Whose values? Whose beliefs?)
    • What is curriculum?
    • Values underpinning the New Zealand curriculum
    • Principles of the New Zealand Curriculum
    • Te Tiriti o Waitangi
    • Key policy shifts (e.g. 1877 Education Act, 1989 Education Act, National Standards, NCEA)
  • Learners and teachers: theoretical perspectives:
    • Introduction to human development
    • Motivation
    • Culture and learning
    • Transformative praxis

There is no set text.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically evaluate how culture shapes our understanding and experience of curriculum, teaching and learning
  2. Demonstrate understanding and application of key theoretical ideas about the transformative potential of education
  3. Engage in rigorous intellectual analysis regarding their own personal and professional development
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of the significance of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi to education in Aotearoa New Zealand

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1st Non standard period (30 January 2023 - 21 June 2023)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-10:50 5, 9-14, 24-25
C1 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 6


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 09:00-10:50 5-6, 9-14, 24-25
A2 Thursday 13:00-14:50 5-6, 9-14, 24-25
A3 Friday 09:00-10:50 5-6, 9-14, 24-25
A4 Thursday 13:00-14:50 5-6, 8-14, 24-25
A5 Monday 13:00-14:50 5-6, 8-14, 24-25