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Undergraduate Course: Preparing for Teaching Level 2 Education (Middle Primary Years) (EDUA10113)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEducation Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course builds on the understandings Preparing for Teaching: Level 1 Education (Middle Primary Years) developed in the Early Years unit.
It helps students understand the process of curriculum development by providing a historical overview of that process in Scotland over the past 50 years and acknowledging the curricular transition currently taking place in the adoption of a Curriculum for Excellence. The focus in this course is on the first and second levels of the new curriculum as experienced by pupils in the middle years of the primary school. Students are expected to familiarise themselves with the research reviews commissioned by the Scottish Government that formed the theoretical basis of the Experiences and Outcomes for all curriculum areas.
The course aims to extend student=s understanding of the relationships between curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment by focusing developments in the assessment OF learning aspects of the assessment is for Learning Programme T
Within the Curriculum strands of the course, students understanding of subject epistemologies and subject appropriate pedagogies is developed. Their understanding of interdisciplinary learning is extended through a unit of work that brings together learning in Languages and Social Studies.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theories of child development and childhood 7-9 years
- demonstrate knowledge of the first and second levels of a Curriculum for Excellence in all curriculum areas
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of social inclusion policies
- demonstrate understanding of models of interdisciplinary learning

Practice Applied Knowledge and Understanding
- demonstrate an ability to synthesise understanding of policy, practice and research in academic, educational writing

Generic Cognitive Skills
- critically identify, define, conceptualise and analyse complex professional level problems and issues (critical incident analysis)
- critically review and consolidate knowledge, skills and thinking in curriculum planning & teaching, assessing and evaluating learning in Expressive Arts, Science or Social Subjects (CTA essay)

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills
- interpret, use and evaluate a wide range of numerical and graphical data (international assessment surveys)
- develop skills in educational academic writing
- demonstrate skills in individual presentations
- Use a range of software to support and enhance work at this level (ASL?)

Autonomy, accountability and working with others
- exercise autonomy and initiative in professional activities
Assessment Information
Students experience formative and summative assessment. In the summative assignment (3,000 words) students reflect on literature studied on curriculum theory and architecture. They explain their developing understanding of relationships between curriculum, teaching and assessment. These understandings are exemplified through reflection on teaching plans they made on the Middle Primary Placement. Students choose one plan they devised for a component of Expressive Arts (from Art and Design, Music, Drama, dance and one other plan they devised for a curriculum area from the following selection (Sciences, Social Subjects, Technologies, RMPS, Health and Well Being).
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Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsPreparing for Teaching Level 2 Education (Middle Primary Years)
Course organiserMr Peter Tarrant
Tel: 51 6430
Course secretaryMs Zoe Mcgonigle
Tel: (0131 6)51 6436
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