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    A critical examination of existing knowledge about effective teaching, reviewing a wide variety of models, case studies and research findings. This paper uses print-based material, video clips, and the Internet as the principal delivery systems.

    This paper is intended for people with a strong interest in teaching, predominantly experienced classroom teachers. It invites participants to learn about, understand and critically examine theories, research and case studies that throw light on the effectiveness of teaching. A wide range of stimulus material is used, and extensive discussion among the diverse group of participants further enriches the knowledge base of the paper. Teaching of a wide range of subjects, skills and attitudes is considered, emphasising the interdisciplinary and integrative nature of good teaching. Students are able to focus substantially on their own areas of interest in the four assignments while sharing in main readings and interactive learning with all other participants.

    About this paper

    Paper title Critical Analysis of Teaching
    Subject Education
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,206.91
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    54 300-level EDUC or EDUX points
    EDUX 440
    Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education.
    Teaching staff

    To be confirmed when next offered.

    Paper Structure
    This paper considers the aims of education, student learning, motivation, research on teaching, and assessment and its impact.
    Teaching Arrangements
    This is an online distance-learning paper.
    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, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
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    Learning Outcomes
    The paper is designed to help you to
    1. Better understand the richness and complexity of teaching
    2. Better understand the rationales for different approaches used by teachers
    3. Explore the choice of teaching approaches for different learning outcomes
    4. Learn about and understand a wide range of research on teaching, ranging from quantitative to qualitative and from large-scale to individual case studies
    5. Understand the main features of varied approaches to teaching, ranging from whole-class didactic teaching through group work and individual project work to Internet-based learning, together with the associated research evidence
    6. Become more skilled in evaluating and synthesising research
    7. Further develop personal theories about effective teaching
    8. Identify evidence for and against your existing practices, examine the merits of alternative practices, and consider implications for your teaching (please note that EDUC 441 focuses in greater depth on this goal)
    9. Recognise your growing competence and gain satisfaction from your increasing professional knowledge and skills


    Not offered in 2023

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