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EDUC471 Teaching in a New Zealand Context

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

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 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (10 January 2020 - 19 June 2020)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,047.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,991.50

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Limited to
Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Steven Sexton
Other staff : Professor David Bell, Dr Bilinda Offen, Dr Rachel Martin, Dr Sonya Gaches

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
    • Tetirite 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 (Bronfenbrenner)
    • Motivation
    • Culture and learning
    • Transformative praxis
Teaching Arrangements

There is an additional cost associated with this programme:

  1. Set text: students are to purchase a copy of Fraser and Hill (2016).


  • Mill, M., & Thrupp, M. (2019). The professional practice of teaching in New Zealand (6th ed.). South Victoria, Australia: Cengage Learning.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper, student teachers 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 Treaty of Waitangi to education in Aotearoa New Zealand

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1st Non standard period (10 January 2020 - 19 June 2020)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-10:50 5-6, 8-15, 19, 24-25
Thursday 13:00-14:50 8-9
C1 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 6


Stream Days Times Weeks
E1 Monday 10:00-14:50 3
Tuesday 13:00-13:50 3
Friday 10:00-11:50 2
Friday 13:00-14:50 2
AND one stream from
F1 Monday 13:00-14:50 4
Tuesday 13:00-14:50 4
Wednesday 09:00-16:50 3
Wednesday 13:00-14:50 4
Thursday 09:00-15:50 3
Friday 13:00-14:50 3
F2 Monday 09:00-15:50 4
Tuesday 13:00-14:50 4
Wednesday 13:00-14:50 3-4
Thursday 13:00-14:50 3
Friday 09:00-15:50 3
F3 Monday 13:00-14:50 4
Tuesday 09:00-15:50 4
Wednesday 09:00-15:50 4
Wednesday 13:00-14:50 3
Thursday 13:00-14:50 3
Friday 13:00-14:50 3