About the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy

Tēnā koutou katoa. Nau mai haere mai. Welcome to Te Kura o te Marautanga me te Ako, the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy.

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Te Kura o te Marautanga me te Ako, the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy is a large school with diverse research and teaching strengths. We are committed to the provision of high quality teaching and research that is relevant to theoretical, scholarly and practice communities.

Te Kura o te Marautanga me te Ako houses and nurtures research, scholarship, and teaching across four discipline areas:

  • Arts Education
  • Languages & Literacies Education
  • Science, Technology and Mathematics Education (STeM)
  • Sport, Health and Physical Education

All of these groups focus on Curriculum Studies, as well as other teaching and scholarship. Strengths of the school include the diverse range of curriculum areas reflected in the compulsory education sector in Aotearoa New Zealand, including: arts education, English and literacies education, health and wellbeing education, language education, mathematics and statistics education, physical education, science education, social studies education, technologies education, and TESOL. Some staff in the school also engage in sports studies, which includes sport coaching, and the sociology of sport.

As well as contributing to faculty-wide initial teacher education programmes and post graduate programmes, the school specifically oversees the Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Education, the Bachelor of Education (TESOL) and the Postgraduate Diploma in teaching linguistically diverse learners.

We aim to support learners to build content knowledge, pedagogical skills and critical inquiry in relation to the disciplines. We value theoretically, critically and culturally-informed engagement with curriculum and pedagogy, and how these connect in educational settings.

For practising teachers and other educational professionals, we extend on these aims through our postgraduate course offerings. We actively assist our course participants to adapt curricular and pedagogical concepts and frameworks to find optimal means to support all learners to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to be thoughtful citizens and lifelong inquirers.

Postgraduate supervision and research work is another integral aspect within our school. We have an active group of postgraduate research Masters, EdD and PhD students, both full-time and part-time, who participate in and contribute to the research culture in the school.