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Undergraduate Course: Primary Studies 1: The Nature of Knowledge (EDUA08106)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to the complexities of the nature of knowledge by posing the fundamental questions of 'What is knowledge?' 'How do we 'know'?' and 'Why is this important in Primary Education?' These fundamental questions will first be considered holistically, before the course develops to recognise and investigate knowledge in the discrete areas of the curriculum, and how this influences learning and teaching within primary schools. Students will be encouraged to consider alternative understandings of knowledge and knowing.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please contact the secretary before enrolling students on this course.
Additional Costs Students may need to cover the cost of art and craft materials
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  19
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 24, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Placement Study Abroad Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 138 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Assignment 2500 words (examination diet):

Part A: What is 'knowledge'?
Part B: Discuss the nature of knowledge in one particular discipline.
Part C: Compare and contrast this to the nature of knowledge within a different discipline.

90% of final assessment

Reflective Journal 500/750 words (examination diet):

Students will complete a reflective journal entry in the form of analysed evidence outlining the impact of the course on their learning. This can be included as part of their Professional Learning Portfolio students

10% of final assessment

N.B. Students are required to pass each of the two assessment components (40%) to achieve an overall pass.

Formative Assessment and Opportunities for Feedback:

Formative feedback from tutors on assignment plans.
Students will also be encouraged to work in groups to facilitate self and peer feedback.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understandings of the nature of knowledge.
  2. Demonstrate understandings of different ways of acquiring knowledge.
  3. Compare and contrast how knowledge is constructed in and through different disciplines.
  4. Critically analyse the relationship between the production of knowledge and learning and teaching in different disciplines.
  5. Demonstrate their understanding of knowledge to reflect and evaluate on professional learning and practice.
Reading List

NAGEL, J. (2014) Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

VAN DE LAGEMAAT, R. (2005) Theory of Knowledge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


GRIGGS, G. (ed) (2012) Physical Education in the Primary School: An Introduction. London: Routledge.

HAYLOCK, D. (2010) Mathematics Explained for Primary Teachers (4th Edition) London: Sage.

HICKMAN, R. (2010) Why we make Art and Why it is Taught? Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

NEELANDS, J. & GOODE, T. (2006) Structuring Drama Work. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

ROHAAN, E., TACONIS, R. & JOCHEMS, W. (2012) ¿Analysing Teacher Knowledge for Technology Education in Primary Schools¿, International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 22 (3), pp. 271¿280.

SHEPPARD. P. (2005) Music Makes your Child Smarter. New York: Schirmer G Books.

SMITH, H. (1999) The World¿s Religions. San Francisco: Harper.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Understand theories of curriculum development and how they relate to current and past Scottish primary curricula.

Exercise autonomy and initiative in professional activities

Communicate effectively with professional level peers, colleagues and parents

Engage in reflective practice to develop career long learning.
KeywordsKnowledge Curriculum Disciplines Learning Teaching
Course organiserDr Kevin Wright
Tel: (0131 6)51 6676
Course secretaryMs Caroline MacDonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 6381
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