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EDUC473 Evidence-based Inquiry (Primary)

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Designing data-driven learning interventions and teaching strategies across curriculum learning areas that demonstrate decision-making skills, reflexive practice, effective use of ICT, personal teaching growth and development.

This paper supports student teachers to connect theory and practice in school and campus based learning opportunities. Underpinning this paper are concepts of teaching as inquiry and important values for educators, such as communication, critical thinking, cultural understanding, ethics, professional commitment and readiness, lifelong learning, self-motivation and teamwork.

Paper title Evidence-based Inquiry (Primary)
Paper code EDUC473
Subject Education
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (25 January 2021 - 23 June 2021) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,069.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $7,201.25

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Limited to
Primary Education only.


Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinators: Dr Jane Tilson and Dr Helen Trevethan

Paper Structure
This paper has two components - a course (or 'taught' component) and a professional experience component.
  • Professional and ethical role of the teacher
  • Behaviour for Learning
  • Effective relationships
  • Effective pedagogy
  • Enacting inquiry-driven teaching
  • Developing reflexive, adaptive practice
  • Engaging with te reo Maori me ngā tikanga Māori in the educational setting
  • Assessment
  • Planning
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • ICT as a teaching tool to support diverse learners
  • Personal philosophies
Teaching Arrangements

This paper will inform and will be informed by your professional experience. It has weekly 2-hour workshops in college with a tentative schedule of content that will be modified as required. You will be placed in one school for semester one. In this placement you spend one day a week leading up to four week block placement.

What Else is Needed for This Paper?
Electronic means of videoing teaching (e.g. iPhone, iPad or similar)


Required Text:

  • D. Fraser, & M. Hill. (2016). (Eds.), The professional practice of teaching (5th ed.). South Melbourne, Australia: Cengage.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Student teachers who successfully complete this paper will be able to

  1. Design evidence-based learning experiences for teaching students in years 1-8
  2. Demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of their practice including engagement with te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori
  3. Apply and justify effective pedagogies (teaching practices) in professional experience
  4. Gather, analyse and interpret a range of data to inform pedagogical decisions for students in years 1-8
  5. Discuss an emerging personal and professional philosophy of teaching and learning

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1st Non standard period (25 January 2021 - 23 June 2021)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
B1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 5-6, 8-15, 18-19, 24-25
D1 Thursday 10:00-11:50 8, 11-15, 18-19, 24-25