EDPROFST 755 : The Inquiring Professional

Education and Social Work

2024 Summer School (1240) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Optimise learning through a narrative inquiry into practice. Collaboratively and independently engage with theories, strategies and practices of writing life stories to better understand educational processes, practices, places, and policies. Critically analyse relevant literature in a chosen area of interest through a range of writing strategies. Includes writing a critically reflective narrative to inform future practice.

Course Overview

This course is ideal for professional practitioners and researchers endeavouring to demonstrate and enhance their skill and understanding of narrative inquiry into practice. Through asking important questions related explicitly to your own practice you will learn and develop the skills of writing as a method of inquiry, narrative inquiry, poetic inquiry, arts-based methods; with critical links to relevant theory. It is suitable for those who work in communities of learning in collaboration with others, for those seeking, or currently hold, positions of leadership, and/or for practitioners wanting to inquire into and enhance their own professional practice. Through the process of qualitative inquiry you will critically evaluate an area of interest to identify and critique implications for future practice.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 2: Sustainability
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism
Graduate Profile: Master of Education

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Build expertise in an area of professional interest (Capability 1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3)
  2. Articulate and critique theoretical perspectives regarding the selected area of inquiry (Capability 2.1, 3.2, 4.3, 5.2 and 8.3)
  3. Demonstrate a critical and informed understanding of narrative inquiry (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 and 6.1)
  4. Conduct a credible qualitative inquiry (Capability 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 7.1, 7.2, 8.1, 8.2 and 8.3)
  5. Critically evaluate an area of interest throughout the process of inquiry (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 8.1, 8.2 and 8.3)
  6. Identify and critique implications for practice (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 8.1, 8.2 and 8.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Six Writing Tasks 60% Individual Coursework
Autoethnographic Inquiry 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Six Writing Tasks
Autoethnographic Inquiry

Students must complete all components of the Assessment Tasks to achieve an overall pass on this course.Completion to the satisfaction of the examiners 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.

A typical semester including the study/exam period totals approximately 15 weeks. This means that for this course you should expect to commit (36) hours of direct contact via on-campus lectures/workshops/tutorials and online (a blended course).

You can also reasonably expect to commit approximately 240-260 hours to independent learning. This will include reading (and more reading), note-taking, face-to-face and online discussion, writing, engaging in collaborative group work, problem solving, undertaking practical tasks, reflecting on learning, accessing learning and study resources, and assignment, test and exam preparation and completion.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected. 
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including seminars will be available as recordings.
The course will include live online events including group discussions and workshops.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a block delivery with face-to-face and online participation required.

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.

Continue to enhance ways for students to connect and investigate real life issues they experience with relevant theory through writing. 

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 for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, 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.

Published on 31/10/2023 07:37 p.m.