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    An examination of the pedagogy, content and critical issues in two learning areas selected (from EDCR 133, 135, 232, 233 or 235). Broadly examines curriculum development and design through the analysis of current educational initiatives and approaches to school-wide curriculum implementation.

    This paper allows students to study in more depth a learning area/subject selected from EDCR133 (Health & Physical Education), EDCR232 (Science & Technology) or EDCR233 (Visual Arts & Music). In the selected learning area/subject, the content critically examines respective theories and practices associated with teaching and learning. The content will critique a range of diverse learning possibilities and encourage debate in relation to learning area/subject related issues. Though there is variation according to respective learning areas/subjects, the following will be included:

    • Content and pedagogical approaches
    • Current issues
    • Inclusion, technology, Te Reo and tikanga, fostering strengths of all learners
    • Leadership and motivation
    • Community links and examples
    • Unit planning

    The paper then allows the students to apply curriculum principles and effective pedagogical knowledge to the concept of school based curriculum development and the models or approaches schools choose to deliver learning. The following will be included:

    • Curriculum design e.g. subject centred, learner centred, problem based
    • Curriculum conceptions e.g. humanist, academic, rationalist
    • Models and approaches e.g. personalised learning, integrated learning, inquiry learning, traditional
    • Innovative classroom environments
    • Thinking strategies e.g. Gardier's Multiple Intelligences, De Bono, Thinker keys, Habits of Mind
    • Designing curriculum- process and issues, including EOTC and ICT

    About this paper

    Paper title Local Curriculum and Integration
    Subject Education
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (On campus)
    Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $937.50
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    EDCR 133, EDCR 135, EDCR 232, EDCR 233, EDCR 235
    EDPR 331
    Limited to
    Primary Education students only.

    Paper Coordinator: Dr Steven Sexton

    Teaching staff

    Dr Steven Sexton (Dunedin)
    Trish Wells (Dunedin)
    Olivia Weaver (Dunedin)
    Belinda Haig (Dunedin)
    Andrea Robertson (Dunedin)
    Shannon McNatty (Dunedin)

    Alli McKenzie (Southland)
    Julie Mynes (Southland)


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    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

    • Critically reflect on the nature of curriculum.
    • Critically analyse theory and pedagogical practices in relation to curriculum.
    • Critically reflect on issues related to school designed curriculum.
    • Evaluate and adapt a range of teaching approaches and resources to support learning.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 14:00-15:50 9-13, 15-22

    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 9-13, 15-21
    Friday 09:00-10:50 9-12, 15-21
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