Undergraduate Course: Primary Studies 1: The Nature of Knowledge (EDUA08106)
|School||Moray House School of Education
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
||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)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understandings of the nature of knowledge.
- Demonstrate understandings of different ways of acquiring knowledge.
- Compare and contrast how knowledge is constructed in and through different disciplines.
- Critically analyse the relationship between the production of knowledge and learning and teaching in different disciplines.
- Demonstrate their understanding of knowledge to reflect and evaluate on professional learning and practice.
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.
|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.
|Keywords||Knowledge Curriculum Disciplines Learning Teaching
|Course organiser||Dr Kevin Wright
Tel: (0131 6)51 6676
|Course secretary||Ms Caroline MacDonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 6381