About the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy

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

Two students learning

The school focuses on the research, scholarship, teaching and practice of curriculum and pedagogy.

We are committed to the provision of high quality teaching. We are also committed to producing our own research, scholarship and creative work. Both work together to enable quality teaching in a range of educational contexts from early childhood to tertiary.

Curriculum and Pedagogy is a large school and the research strengths and publications of staff are diverse. We are committed to actively contributing to both the research and professional literature to ensure our work is relevant to our various constituencies.

Ma mahi, Ka ora.

By work, we prosper.

One specific aim in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy is to support student teachers to build a sound content knowledge in the disciplines represented by curriculum areas, together with knowledge of the associated modes of inquiry particular to each discipline.

A second aim is to help student teachers build theoretically informed curriculum knowledge. A final step is to promote understanding of how to transform this content and curriculum knowledge into forms that are pedagogically powerful.

We extend on these aims for practising teachers in 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. We do this through our contribution to a great many courses across undergraduate, postgraduate and specialist programmes.

Postgraduate supervision and research work is an increasing focus of ours. We have an active group of postgraduate research students, both full-time and part-time, who participate in and contribute to the research culture in the school.

Ma mahi, ka ora – By work we prosper.

Professor Helen Hedges
Head of School