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EDUC428 Special Topic: Becoming a Research-capable Teacher

Students will explore research issues, literature and methods. They will engage with researchable problems in an educational setting such as a school or cultural institution.

Teacher research is gaining increasing attention since it fosters teachers' understanding of children's and young persons' confidence and competence and the impact of teaching in a particular context. This paper develops teachers' capacity to identify a critical issue for inquiry, justify and pose research questions, critique existing relevant research and conceptual literature, and justify their data collection and analysis methods. With research capability, teachers can gain insight into children's, young persons' and teachers' perspectives and experiences in their learning community and awareness of their own professional thinking and practices, as well as improve their capacity to make evidence-based, justifiable professional decisions.

Paper title Special Topic: Becoming a Research-capable Teacher
Paper code EDUC428
Subject Education
EFTS 0.3333
Points 40 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,972.14
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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54 300-level EDUC or EDUX points
EDUX 428
Limited to
(i) In order to complete this paper, students will be required to establish links with an educational setting such as a school or centre. (ii) Students must have completed an initial teacher education programme prior to enrolling in this paper. (iii) Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite or corequisite may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education.
Teaching staff

To be confirmed if offered.

Paper Structure

The paper is organised into topics for two-three weeks of discussion, with study weeks interspersed. The topics are:

  1. Understanding the value of teacher research
  2. Engaging critically with teacher research and implications for practice
  3. Identifying and reflecting on possible issues for teacher research
  4. Posing questions for teacher research
  5. Selecting and critically analysing sources of information
  6. Identifying data collection methods and data analysis methods used in teacher research

Students in this paper are also required to

  1. Participate in a school or centre learning community for a minimum of 40 hours during the duration of the paper
  2. Submit five assignments
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught via Blackboard.
Students will be expected to access required readings via the library and the Internet and to source their own relevant readings.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  1. Critically read educational research and identify implications for practice
  2. Identify researchable issues within educational settings
  3. Identify appropriate research methods
  4. Report on educational research

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Not offered in 2022

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