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EDUC495 Thought in Action

Students make explicit links between research, theory, and practice, reflecting on how their learning experiences continue to influence their practice.

EDUC 495 Thought in Action

Personal learning theories, beliefs, values and sources

  • What are these?
  • How are they developed?
  • What are yours? Have they changed/developed, and why/why not?

Critical reflection and reflexivity

  • Defining critical reflection and reflexivity
  • Exploring the benefits of critical reflection and reflexivity
  • The content and relevance of these
  • The degree to which they have been evidenced in the programme/s to date
  • Identifying areas that can be improved/addressed further
  • Developing a plan to address these

Paper title Thought in Action
Paper code EDUC495
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,206.91
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Pre or Corequisite
EDUC 590, EDUC 591 or EDUC 592
Limited to
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

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Helen Trevethan


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. Clearly articulate their personal learning theories and teaching philosophy, informed by significant moments of learning throughout their study
  2. Present evidence of reflexive and adaptive practice, and identify implications for future practice, based on what they have learned from their study
  3. Make research-informed arguments for their teaching and learning beliefs and actions

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Semester 1

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