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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 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (14 January 2019 - 21 June 2019)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,007.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,658.50

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Limited to
Teaching staff

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

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
    • The Treaty and curriculum
    • 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 will be two additional costs associated with this programme:

  1. The marae visit: this will be $25 to cover transportation cost; plus, students will be expected to bring a shared lunch and a gold coin donation on the day.
  2. Set text: students are to purchase a copy of Fraser and Hill (2016).

This paper is a 3-week block intensive session in January to prepare student teachers for a 2-week block placement in a school setting or educational centre.

There will be two 3-hour sessions in weeks 8 and 9.


Required Texts:

  • Fraser, D., & Hill, M. (2016). The professional practice of teaching in New Zealand (5th ed.). South Victoria, Australia: Cengage Learning.
  • Bolstad, R., Gilbert, J., McDowall, S., Bull, A., Boyd, S., & Hipkins, R. (2013).
  • Supporting future-oriented learning & teaching - A New Zealand Perspective. Wellington: Ministry of Education. Retrieved from
  • Cunlifffe, A. L. (2004). On becoming a reflexive practitioner. Journal of Management Education, 28, 407-429. DOI: 10.1177/1052562904264440
  • Timperley, H. (2013). Learning to practise: A paper for discussion. Wellington: Ministry of Education. Retrieved from
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 (14 January 2019 - 21 June 2019)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-11:50 3
Monday 11:00-12:50 4, 7-9
Monday 12:00-12:50 3
Monday 13:00-14:50 3
C1 Wednesday 11:00-12:50 3
D1 Thursday 14:00-15:50 3
E1 Friday 12:00-12:50 7-8, 10-15, 23-25
Friday 14:00-15:50 3-4