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EDUC577 Secondary Curriculum 2

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

Welcome to EDUC 577 Secondary Curriculum 2. This is an exciting semester that will enable you to continue to put into practice the curriculum learning you did in the first semester in EDUC 477. With six weeks of school-based practicum, continued time with your individual curriculum lecturers and two assignments that evidence your reflective practice, this paper will enable you to continue your development in pedagogical content knowledge. During this semester and supported by your school-based mentor teachers and college-based lecturers, you will be researching current issues and initiatives and reflecting on this research in your classroom practice.

Paper title Secondary Curriculum 2
Paper code EDUC577
Subject Education
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (6 July 2020 - 4 December 2020)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,047.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,991.50

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Limited to
Secondary Education only.

Dr Naomi Ingram (
Dr Hugh Morrison (

Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinators: Dr Naomi Ingram and Dr Hugh Morrison

Other staff: There will be a number of other college and school-based staff involved in this paper depending on your specialist curriculum areas.
Paper Structure
  • Planning based on the New Zealand Curriculum, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa 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 help seeking
Teaching Arrangements
Face-to-face delivery.
A list of recommended readings is included in the course outline 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

By the end of this paper, student teachers 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; and
  7. Demonstrate adaptive help seeking.

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1st Non standard period (6 July 2020 - 4 December 2020)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 13:00-14:50 28, 32
AND one stream from
B1 Monday 09:00-14:50 46
Tuesday 09:00-14:50 46
Wednesday 09:00-14:50 46
B2 Monday 09:00-14:50 46
Tuesday 09:00-14:50 46
Wednesday 09:00-14:50 46