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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Moray House School of Education and Sport : Education

Undergraduate Course: Educational Studies 1b: Teaching, learning and the Curriculum for Excellence (EDUA08100)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course takes Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) as an overarching theme. It includes a critical exploration of some of the ideas underpinning the construction of CfE and associated ideas about teaching by considering their historical, theoretical and practical development. The course aims to equip students with a critical and informed understanding of the role of teachers in realising the curriculum, and the factors that can influence this. A strong theme is an appreciation of the relationship between theory and practice in teaching and learning.

Four half-days in schools will enable teacher education students to contextualise their learning. Other students will require to organise relevant practical activities independently, but in consultation with the course organiser.
Course description The course begins with an introduction to major and current theories of learning, before exploring the current context of teaching within Scotland, including reforms associated with CfE. The course is divided into three units, at the end of which students will be able to develop their own critique of teaching and learning as constructed by CfE and consider the implications for their own teaching practice. A strong focus running through the whole course is consideration of the role of the teacher. What does it mean to be a teacher? What influences our practice? How can we shape our own role as a teacher? These questions permeate the three units, providing a unifying focus throughout the course. The course is underpinned by a commitment to research-informed teaching practices, emphasising the importance of critical engagement with academic literature and policy texts, and also providing students with opportunities to develop research skills with a specific focus on interviews as a research method.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is available to students outwith Moray House School of Education. **PLEASE CONTACT THE COURSE SECRETARY to ascertain availability prior to enrolling students on this course**

Students from programmes other than teacher education will require to organise 4 directed, practical activities independently. They should discuss the management and organisation of these with the course organiser before enrolling on the course.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  200
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 21, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 153 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment for this course consists of two activities, equally weighted.

Assessed activity 1 (50%)
Students are required to (1) analyse data from 2 interviews with reference to theories of learning in the literature, and (2) write a short report on their findings. The interviews will provide an opportunity for student-led professional dialogue: students will be shown how to construct prompts for a semi-structured interview derived from prior classroom observations.
An alternative format will be available should it not be possible to interview teachers in a school setting.

Assessed activity 2 (50%)
Essay based on critical analysis of some of the underlying principles of CfE. This is to be informed by relevant literature and scholarship, including critiques of CfE and its underlying theories of learning and teaching.

Each assessed activity is equally weighted towards the final mark. To successfully complete this course, students must complete both Assessed activities 1 and 2, and achieve an aggregate mark of at least 40%.
Feedback Workshops in Weeks 5 and 10 are designed to provide formative support for students' assessments.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify some of the theories of learning that influence teaching in practice, including their own approaches to teaching and be able to explain and contrast these.
  2. Examine and evaluate claims about learning, teaching and assessment in both the academic literature and the popular media
  3. Relate theories of learning to the construction and realisation of the curriculum
  4. Evaluate the approaches to learning recommended within the Curriculum for Excellence in terms of the theoretical foundations and assumptions of each, and their practical implications, including the diverse roles of students and teachers in realising the curriculum in this context
  5. Critically evaluate research evidence in relation to curriculum development
Learning Resources
Resource list available at
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Some aspects of graduate attributes which students will have the opportunity to develop through this course include:
Research and enquiry: be ready to ask key questions and engage in professional enquiry. Recognise the importance of reflecting on their own learning experiences.
Personal and intellectual autonomy: be intellectually curious and able to sustain intellectual interest.
Communication: make effective use of oral, written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding. Use communication as a tool for collaborating and relating to others.
Personal effectiveness: be able to work effectively with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills.
Special Arrangements There are limited places available to take this course as an outside elective and students outwith the Moray House School of Education MUST first contact the course secretary to ascertain availability.
Study Abroad None
Additional Class Delivery Information The course is delivered through a blend of lectures, workshops, and directed activities.
All students attend 2 lectures per week and one workshop, with 4 directed activities spread throughout the course.
Students on teacher education programmes will be allocated to a school in which to complete the activities. These will be carried out on 4 half-day school (or similar setting) visits spread across the course.
Students who are not studying on teacher education programmes will require to organise similar activities independently. This should be discussed with the course organiser before enrolling on the course.
Keywordseducation,teaching,curriculum,learning theory
Course organiserMrs Carol Smith
Tel: (0131 6)51 4838
Course secretaryMiss Lorraine Nolan
Tel: (0131 6)51 6571
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