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Undergraduate Course: PGDE secondary Placement 1 (EDUA10164)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Postgraduate)
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryBlock placement 1 is a student teacher's first opportunity for praxis during the placement in a local school, students will have the opportunity to observe practitioners to teach and to consider the relationship between theory and practice. Block placement 1 will contribute to the student teachers development as an effective, reflective, transformative practitioner which is an over arching aim of the programme. The four themes of the programme: learning teaching and assessment, research, equity diversity and values, and curriculum will be considered within the placement arrangements through the student teachers observation, analysis and practice and through discussion with colleagues placement school and university tutor.
Course description Student teachers must take part in the following activities:

1. They must observe practicing teachers and analyse teaching and learning.
2. They must demonstrate the ability to act on constructive feedback on their own practice.
3. They must begin to understand diversity in learners and how they can respond to this as a practitioner.
4. They must demonstrate secure and powerful subject knowledge.
5. They must interact professionally with a range of staff and parents and other adults with responsibility for the children.
6. They must demonstrate the ability to plan, to prepare and deliver teaching.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 4, External Visit Hours 18, Online Activities 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 157 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment on block placement 1 consists of the following:

1. Formative assessment by visiting tutor. The visiting tutor observes a single lesson and gives verbal and written feedback on an observation report with next steps advice.
2. Placement is assessed summatively in a joint report written in partnership between the university tutor and the supervising teacher.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
Whilst on placement, students learn though observation and practice which includes how to:

1. Reflectively observe and analyse the ways in which experienced teachers teach;
2. Reflect and act on constructive feedback fro mentors and other staff;
3. Analyse classroom processes and interactions;
4. Identify individual pupils' learning needs and ways of meeting these;
5. Apply subject specialist knowledge and subject specialist pedagogies within a classroom context;
6. Participate in the wider school context, and reflect analytically on that context;\
7. Interact professionally with a broad range of personnel involved in the care of children and young people.
Reading List
The following texts provide a basic introduction to secondary teaching and the skills required:

1. Pollard, A Reflective Teaching Evidence-informed Professional Practice (Continuum) 2008
2. Schon, D The Reflective Practitioner How Professionals Think In Action (Ashgate Publishing) 2011
3. Kumpulainen, K and Wray, D Classroom Interaction and Social Learning (Routledge/Falmer) 2002
4. Bell, B Theorising Teaching in Secondary Classrooms: Understanding our Practice from a Sociocultural Perspective (Routledge) 2011
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Transferable skills developed during placement include the following:

1. Working as part of a team.
2. Taking increasing responsibility and acting proactively.
3. Developing organisational skills and management skills.
4. Thinking and acting reflectively in and after practice.
KeywordsPlacement secondary initial teacher education
Course organiserMrs Lynne Pratt
Tel: (0131 6)51 6425
Course secretaryMrs Margaret Oliver
Tel: (0131 6)51 6449
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