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EDUC579 Evidence-based Inquiry

Develops students’ skills as critically reflective and researching practitioners. Students propose, conduct, and present research into their developing professional practice; reflecting on their personal and professional philosophy of teaching.

Paper title Evidence-based Inquiry
Paper code EDUC579
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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Pre or Corequisite
EDUC 473 or EDUC 475 or EDUC 478; and ELIT 199, and EMAT 196, EMAT 197, or EMAT 199
Limited to

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Susan Sandretto

Paper Structure

All students will engage with content on research into professional practice by:

  • Developing a researchable question to inform professional practice
  • Locating your research in the literature
  • Considering the ethics for practitioner research
  • Collecting data and undertaking data analysis
  • Writing ethically and reflexively within their reporting

Students will also engage with content specific to practitioner research in their sector (Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary).


Set text: Mutch, C. (2013). Doing educational research: A practitioner's guide to getting started (2nd ed.). NZCER Press.

Readings will be available through e-Reserve. Students will also be expect to source their own literature beyond the assigned 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:

  • Conduct research into their own professional practice in an educational setting
  • Communicate their research findings

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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 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 28-31, 47


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 13:00-14:50 28-36, 43-45
A2 Friday 09:00-10:50 28-32, 43-45
A3 Thursday 09:00-10:50 28-32, 43-45
A4 Thursday 13:00-14:50 28-36, 43-45
A5 Thursday 09:00-10:50 28-32, 43-45