EDPROFST 703 : Leading Literacy Inquiries

Education and Social Work

2023 Semester One (1233) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Systematic inquiries into teaching and learning for students facing difficulties with literacy learning. A review and analysis of literature relevant to the practices of literacy and literacies, and engagement with a range of theoretical and pedagogical perspectives will inform the inquiries.

Course Overview

The aim of this course is to develop your knowledge and skills in leading inquiry relevant to your role as a literacy educator. You will complete a literacy inquiry project in which you inquire into the reasons for some students experiencing difficulties in their literacy learning, design approaches for addressing these issues, and evaluate the effectiveness of those approaches. Throughout the course you will participate with the lecturers and other students as a professional learning community in which we all share ideas about issues and ways forward. A selection of your online contributions (selected by you) will be assessed.
The modules in the course provide a wide range of resources to support your inquiry at all stages of your projects.

Course Requirements

Restriction: EDPROFST 310, 371 To complete this course students must enrol in EDPROFST 703 A and B, or EDPROFST 703

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review and examine theoretical and pedagogical perspectives underpinning literacy education. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 and 6.2)
  2. Analyse own practice relevant to literacy learning contexts using an inquiry. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 and 6.2)
  3. Conduct an inquiry within a relevant area of practice. (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 4.1, 4.3, 5.1, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Profiling, hypothesis testing and intervention design 40% Individual Coursework
Implementing, monitoring and evaluating your intervention 40% Individual Coursework
Online discussion tasks 20% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3
Profiling, hypothesis testing and intervention design
Implementing, monitoring and evaluating your intervention
Online discussion tasks

Students must complete all components of the Assessment Tasks to achieve an overall pass on this course. Students must achieve at least 50% for the course and hand in all assignments.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 point course and students are expected to spend 20 hours per week involved in each 30 point course that they are enrolled in. Following University workload guidelines, a standard 30-point course represents about 300 hours of study which will comprise participation in the timetabled online sessions, reading (and more reading), note-taking, face-to-face and/or online discussion, writing,  problem solving, undertaking inquiry in schools, reflecting on learning, accessing learning and study resources, and assignment  preparation and completion.

Delivery Mode


Attendance is expected at scheduled online activities including workshops and tutorials to complete components of the course.
The course will include live online events including group discussions, tutorials and lectures and these will be recorded.
Study material will be released progressively throughout the course.
This course is an early start course with  timetabled online workshops on January 19 and 20. The remaining sessions run to the University semester timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

The course will be online from 2023 to make it more accessible to students from out of Auckland.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.