Postgraduate Course: Teaching and learning within and beyond the disciplines (EDUA11269)
|School||Moray House School of Education
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course considers differences and commonalities across different subject areas with respect to the concepts, research skills, thinking processes and attitudes to be learned as well as how these might best be taught and assessed.
A question that will concern us in this course is how we might best support students in becoming participants in our disciplinary knowledge communities.
The course provides you with the opportunity to critically engage with the research literature on teaching and learning within the disciplines and explore the extent to which discipline matters in teaching, learning and assessment. At the same time you will be encouraged to critically reflect on the traditions (or 'teaching and learning regimes') as they have evolved in your departmental contexts and explore whether present teaching and assessment practices could be usefully enriched by sharing and trading of these across disciplinary boundaries.
A further important theme of the course is the need for 'interdisciplinarity' and 'transdisciplinary' (next to discipline-specific) skills, knowledge and indeed attitudes in a world characterised by many as one of growing uncertainty and complexity. You will be encouraged to debate how you, through your own subject areas and the specific courses you teach, could make a contribution to students developing complex graduate attributes (and the extent to which these can be considered 'generic').
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 14,
Online Activities 1,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 8,
Other Study Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||You are expected to write an essay (2000-2500 words) that critically examines the claims made in a selected book or article with regards to teaching, learning and assessment in your own discipline and discuss the implications of these claims for your own practice. A list of books and journals to choose from are provided at the end of this document.
You are expected to demonstrate a critical understanding of concepts dealing with the distinctiveness of the disciplines with regards to teaching, learning and assessment practices.
Specifically, you should
1) identify the claims a particular text makes with regards to teaching, learning and assessment in your own discipline,
2) demonstrate reflection on the traditions that have evolved in your own departmental contexts and explore whether present practices are compatible with the claims identified in the text.
3.) explore whether present practices and students' learning experiences could be usefully enriched by sharing and trading of practices across disciplinary boundaries.
|No Exam Information
| On completion of the course you will be able to:
- Identify what is distinctive about your subject areas and critically analyse the implications of this distinctiveness for teaching, learning and assessment
- Develop a critical understanding of what can be learned about teaching, learning and assessment from other disciplines
- Critically examine what is involved in helping students, of diverse aspirations and backgrounds, participate in our disciplinary discourse and knowledge communities and identify concrete ways of supporting them in this process
- Critically examine the tension between discipline-specific learning outcomes and the ever growing need for transdisciplinarity
- Consider the diverse needs of today's undergraduate students and develop creative responses to the question of how complex learning outcomes associated with overarching aims such as preparing students for work, lifelong learning, or citizenship could be promoted through undergraduate teaching in your subject area
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Carolin Kreber
Tel: (0131 6)51 6668
|Course secretary||Miss Emily Salvesen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6661
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