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EDUC592 Professional Inquiry

Development of professional skills as a teacher and engagement in critical reflection on professional practice by documenting goals, growth, achievement, and professional attributes developed throughout the course of study. Requires students to identify a need in their profession.

Students will critically reflect on their professional practice and identify a need. They will then work with a supervisor to design, conduct, analyse, and write up a professional inquiry project.

Paper title Professional Inquiry
Paper code EDUC592
Subject Education
EFTS 0.3333
Points 40 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (3 March 2023 - 23 February 2024) (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,883.38
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Pre or Corequisite
EDUC 411 or EDUC 412
Limited to
(i)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. (ii)The duration of this paper is 12 months (50 weeks)

Paper coordinator: To be confirmed.

Teaching staff

Various teaching staff are involved depending on the topics being studied by students.

Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.


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. Identify evidence and arguments for and against practices which they already use, practices they could adopt, and consider implications for their teaching
  2. Reflect critically upon their approaches to teaching within the context of contemporary research literature and practice
  3. Use the outcomes of reflection and research to improve their own practices as teachers
  4. Articulate the personal theories, beliefs and thinking that guide their teaching practices
  5. Show evidence that they have a willingness and ability to learn and engage in ongoing learning and to appreciate that learning to teach is a lifelong endeavour

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1st Non standard period (3 March 2023 - 23 February 2024)

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