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EDUC335 Constructions of Learning in Education Settings

Critical examination of a range of key issues to identify pedagogy and practice in relation to diverse learners.

This is a core paper for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) degree.

The central focus of EDUC 335 Constructions of Learning in Education Settings is on catering for diverse learners. This key thread is woven through four inter-related modules that integrate theoretical perspectives as a foundation for their practical application in the primary classroom.

Paper title Constructions of Learning in Education Settings
Paper code EDUC335
Subject Education
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Full Year (On campus)
Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $912.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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EDUC 252
EDUT 331
Limited to
Te Pōkai Mātauranga o te Ao Rua (Primary Bicultural Education) and Primary Education students only.

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Sylvia Robertson
Other staff: Dr David Berg (Dunedin)
Dr Gill Rutherford (Dunedin)
To be confirmed (Invercargill)

Paper Structure

The four modules that comprise this paper are:

  • Behaviour for learning
  • Inclusive education
  • Assessment for learning
  • Student transitions
Teaching Arrangements
Participation in this paper involves attendance at a weekly lecture and subsequent tutorial/workshop.

The required text for this paper is:
Davies, A. & Hill, M. (2009). Making classroom assessment work. Wellington: NZCER Press.

A recommended text for this paper is:
Roffey, S. (2011). The new teacher's survival guide to behaviour (2nd ed.). London: Paul Chapman.

Other readings required in this paper are accessed from Course Reserve and Blackboard.

Course outline


Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes (Aims and Objectives):

  • Debate the implications of education policy for provision and practice
  • Critically analyse perspectives and pedagogical practices that promote inclusive education
  • Examine and critically reflect on approaches that promote behaviour for learning
  • Examine approaches to adapting the curriculum and learning environment to meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Critically reflect on a range of assessment policies and strategies
  • Examine issues and identify effective practice in managing student transitions between education settings

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 9-14, 16-22, 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-40
Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22
A2 Thursday 15:00-15:50 9-14, 16-22, 28-34, 36-40
A3 Thursday 16:00-16:50 9-14, 16-22, 28-34, 36-40
A4 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 9-14, 17-20, 28-33, 36-40

Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 10:30-12:20 28-32, 40
Wednesday 12:30-14:20 9-14, 16-19