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    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 an area of professional learning to pursue. They will then work with a supervisor to design, conduct, analyse, and write up a professional inquiry project.

    About this paper

    Paper title Professional Inquiry
    Subject Education
    EFTS 0.3333
    Points 40 points
    Teaching period 1st Non standard period (15 January 2024 - 13 December 2024) (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,964.04
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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: Professor Alex Gunn

    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.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    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


    1st Non standard period (15 January 2024 - 13 December 2024)

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