EDUCA390-20S (NET)

Directed Study

15 Points

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Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education


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Paper Description

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This code is used for cohorts on Teaching Experience exchanges and for other individual subject specific needs. If you are undertaking a directed study as part of your teacher exchange programme this is the appropriate code and assignment information for you.

If you are completing a directed study in lieu of completion of another undergraduate paper please check with your supervisor re the details of expectations for assignments.

In general, a directed study allows students to pursue a specific interest under the guidance of a supervisor. Because of the limited time of a directed study, we strongly recommend that it does not involve research that requires ethical approval. The recommended text forms for a Directed Study could include, but are not restricted to:

  • A literature review
  • A fully annotated bibliography
  • A report
  • A reflective journal
  • A position paper
  • An oral presentation
  • A performance

A directed study can be a combination of the above as long as it falls within the guidelines for time and/or word count. There is room for some negotiation with the supervisor.

Students are advised to engage in a project that focuses on:

a theoretical project, or

a project that examines data/material already in the public domain, or

an inquiry into their own practice.

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Paper Structure

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As a Directed study this is largely independent. You will seek, access and review relevant readings, online sources and other appropriate material to support your inquiry and to complete the assignments.

Teacher exchange students have Kerry Earl Rinehart as your supervisor. She will provide advice and guidance. Please email her with your questions:

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • When completing a 300 level Directed Study students are expected to:
    • critically reflect on and evaluate a specific field of study,
    • reason and justify their own theoretical position,
    • critically appraise the theoretical position of other,
    • present a structured and logical argument or “story”,
    • demonstrate their ability to undertake their own small scale, independent project,
    • demonstrate academic capability, confidence and initiative.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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AssignmentTitle & DescriptionDate DueWeightingLength
OneDevelop your inquiry question and five keywords. Support these with 150 words explaining your interest. These elements will focus your study and support your work towards a meaningful 'answer'End of Week One of teaching exchange experience10%200 words
TwoAn annotated bibliography, using a one page template provided, for each reading. TBC30%6 items

Reflective journal: You will keep a reflective journal that will reflect your teaching exchange experience and your inquiry.

Record key ideas or progress or moments you have observed, experienced, thought about, and the implications.

Edit and present four entries using the following headings:

  • Entry 1: Country context/influences
  • Entry 2: School and community context/ influences
  • Entry 3: Curriculum and assessment policy and practice
  • Entry 4: Teacher pedagogy and nature of student learning
TBC30%4 entries of max 500 words
FourProvide a PowerPoint and script for presentation to an audience of your insights, drawn from experience and related to your inquiry question. Show understandings you gained from your reflections and incorporate relevant literature to support the points you are making.
8 Slides, script of 1600 words & Reference list
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Inquiry Statement
  • Other: Moodle
2. Annotated bibliography
  • Other: Moodle
3. Reflective Journal
  • Other: Moodle
4. Presentation
  • Other: Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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There is no required text for this paper. Over the period of study you may be directed to paper readings, which can be accessed electronically through the Library Search.

Additional reading

In addition to any paper readings, students are expected to research particular area/s of interest and share their learning in writing. A balanced and rigorous approach to the literature is expected. You will soon discover that most of the published and peer reviewed research literature is stored in educational databases such as EBSCO, EMERALD, ERIC and PROQUEST, and is easily accessed through the Library search engine. Care should be exercised with material accessed from general and commercial websites such as Google (except Google Scholar) – remember that the inclusion of articles and links is a selective process which reflects the priorities of those who design the website.

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Other Resources

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The university provides an excellent library with both hard copy and online sources of information. These are supported by a strong team of dedicated library staff. Students are expected to be familiar with using the library and to make full use of its resources to supplement readings and support assignments.As contents constantly being updated, it is good to check the information regularly.

Students are strongly encouraged to make use of the Virtual Education Reference Desk (VeRD). This is accessed via the home page on Moodle and contains useful online help and guides. To enrol in the VeRD, go to Moodle (

If you cannot find what you need from the Library website, please contact a librarian for assistance by:

  • asking for help at the Level 2 Information Desk in the Library (on campus)
  • emailing
  • phoning 838 4466 (0800 WAIKATO) ext 7829 or ext 4507 .
  • instant messaging – if it is likely to be a quick question and answer.
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Online Support

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You will be able to access this paper in Moodle at:

If you are a returning online student, you will be able to log in to Moodle using the same username and password as in the past. If you are a new online student at the Faculty of Education, you will need to visit with your student ID card to get your password. Once logged in to Moodle you will be able to see the Moodle Support course. If you are new to learning online and to using Moodle you can become more comfortable with this environment by self enrolling in the Moodle Support course which will show you how to get around and how to post messages etc.

Please check your access as soon as possible. If you have any difficulties logging in to Moodle, contact the ITS Help Desk Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm on 07 8384008 or by email

For study support you can contact the library (see or Student Support (find learning support on this page,
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A Directed Study paper is worth 15 credit points, normally 4,000 – 5,000 words or equivalent and takes 150 hours of study.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Restrictions: ALED390 and THED390

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