TECP223-23YC1 (D) Year C First Half 2023 (Distance)

Science and Technology Education: Nature and Practice

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 26 February 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 28 May 2023


This is a compulsory course that will introduce students to Science and Technology Education: Nature and Practice. Science and Technology are two of the eight essential learning areas of the New Zealand Curriculum (2007). This course will be structured using the PTTER framework (Techlink 2010). Students will develop understandings of the philosophy (What is Science and Technology?), rationale (Why teach them?), curriculum content (What is their place in the New Zealand curriculum?) and implementation (How are they taught?) in the classroom (http://www.techlink.org.nz/PTTER-framework/index.htm). The course also aims to prepare students for further study in higher-level course and will complement learning in other courses in the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) including Professional Practice.

*Please note this course is only available to initial teacher education students. To enrol in this course you need to be accepted and enrolled in one of our Initial Teacher Education programmes.

Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the disciplines of Science and Technology  
2. Critique and argue a place for Science and Technology and future focussed education in primary school environments  
3. Develop and demonstrate specific content knowledge, skills, and attitudes pertaining to the Science and Technology learning areas and judge the similarities and differences between the two
4. Use and justify appropriate pedagogies to plan, assess and prepare effective learning experiences for a range of students including those with special needs  
5. Demonstrate skills in the use of digital technologies to support learning in Science and Technology Education
6. Integrate Māori perspectives of and in Science and Technology
7. Engage in critical reflection based on their practical (classroom or labs) and collaborative experiences.

Timetable Note


Students enrolled in TECP223-24YC1(D) (EXCLUDING (N) AND (R) regional students  are required to attend compulsory face-to-face sessions at an On-site Intensive (OSI) in Christchurch

Any costs, including travel, accommodation, childcare etc. associated with attendance at the OSI are met by the student

Course Coordinator

Kaitlyn Martin


Tracy Henderson


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Nature of Science and Technology and Learning Activity 19 May 2023 40%
Living landscape feature 16 Jun 2023 60%

Textbooks / Resources

There are no course text books required.

A list of materials needed for (D) (N) and (R) students to complete science and technology activities at home will be provided during OSI.

Required Readings:

Snape, P and Fox-Turnbull W. (2013) Perspectives of authenticity: Implementation in technology education. International Journal of Technology and Design Education 23 (1): 51-68 :

De Vries M.J (2012) Philosophy of Technology. In P.J Williams (ed.) Technology education for teachers. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers

McLaren S.V (2012).  Considering some big issues and the role of technology education in transformational change.  In P.J Williams (ed.) Technology education for teachers.  Rotterdam.  Sense Publishers.

Technology Online:  text
Technology Online is a site dedicated to educators, students, and all those with an interest in technology education in New Zealand.  It show cases examples of contemporary teaching and learning and provides curriculum support materials.

Links to required readings and optional recommended material will be available on the relevant sections of TECP233 UC Learn site.

Science Online: text
This section provides resources in three areas of dynamic change possibilities for science education in New Zealand schools in order to develop science capabilities for citizenship as stated in the New Zealand curriculum.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Fees Note

Material costs $10 per student.

For further information see School of Teacher Education .

All TECP223 Occurrences

  • TECP223-23YC1 (C) Year C First Half 2023
  • TECP223-23YC1 (D) Year C First Half 2023 (Distance)