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EDUC577 Secondary Curriculum 2

Extending and broadening curriculum knowledge and pedagogically appropriate teaching approaches in specified curriculum areas.

This course continues from EDUC 477 Secondary Curriculum 1. Students will further develop their pedagogical content knowledge and curriculum learning. Through the assignments and, in alignment with their school-based practice, students will evidence their reflective practice and research current issues and initiatives in their curriculum subjects.

Paper title Secondary Curriculum 2
Paper code EDUC577
Subject Education
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (10 July 2023 - 15 December 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
Secondary Education students only.

Naomi Ingram and David Bell

Teaching staff

Naomi Ingram and David Bell are the course co-ordinators and core lecturers. They are supported by a team of curriculum staff who are subject specialists.

Paper Structure
  • Planning based on the New Zealand Curriculum and NCEA achievement standards
  • Assessment tools and strategies used in both junior and senior settings
  • Pedagogical content knowledge across the New Zealand Curriculum and in specified curriculum areas
  • Critical engagement with current research findings and initiatives in specified curriculum areas
  • Curriculum leadership in specified learning areas
  • Current issues and initiatives relevant to New Zealand secondary teaching contexts
  • Adaptive practice
Teaching Arrangements

EDUC577 has two components:

  1. Core Sessions
    All secondary sector students are together in a block at the beginning of semester.
  2. Curriculum Subjects
    A full programme is 3-4 curriculum subjects across 1-2 Learning Areas. The curriculum staff for each of these subjects will contact students with individual timetable information. These sessions will take place either at the university or a school, and will continue into the second semester.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

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. Critically plan, design, assess and evaluate pedagogically appropriate classroom programmes to deliver the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa for years 7-13 students
  2. Critically engage with and critique current research related to curriculum learning areas
  3. Design, use and critique a range of assessment tools and strategies used in national assessment for years 7-13
  4. Demonstrate pedagogical content knowledge of areas of curriculum specialisation for years 7-13
  5. Demonstrate a high level of pedagogical content knowledge and potential for leadership in the areas of curriculum specialisation
  6. Respond critically to current issues and initiatives relevant to New Zealand teaching contexts
  7. Demonstrate adaptive help seeking

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1st Non standard period (10 July 2023 - 15 December 2023)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 29