Postgraduate Course: Preparing for Teaching2: Level 2 Education (Middle Primary Years) (EDUA11286)
|School||Moray House School of Education and Sport
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Meeting Children┐s Needs: Curriculum, Teaching and Assessment. In this course you will prepare for the complex role of teaching in the primary school. You will analyse Scottish educational policy and the interrelatedness of assessment, learning and teaching.
This course is the second on-campus course studied by students on the PGDE Primary Education Programme. It aims to help students extend their academic and professional development as primary school teachers through analysis of curriculum, policy, pedagogy and assessment. Students are encouraged to engage in analysis of the role of a teacher in contemporary Scotland, considering contextual professional and political influences.
1) Central to the course is the development of students┐ understanding of current Scottish educational policy and professional guidelines associated to the role of a Scottish teacher. These contextual factors are critically examined and contrasted with the students developing professional stance towards pedagogy and assessment. Through workshops and guided peer learning opportunities we develop students┐ abilities to act as pedagogical thinkers, reflective practitioners and practitioner enquirers within the system of Scottish education.
2) Studies include Social Justice, Curriculum, Assessment and Active Professional. Within Professional Studies child development is considered in a holistic way by drawing on psychological, philosophical and sociological perspectives. The course acknowledges the impact of political and pedagogical influences on the role of the teacher and children┐s learning. Assessment and Curriculum models are introduced to develop understanding of contemporary educational policy. Curricular studies explore pedagogy and curricular knowledge (related to Scottish CfE Curricular Guidelines).
3) The course is timetabled in half-day blocks. Student learning time allocated to both Professional Studies and Curriculum classes will include a variety of learning opportunities including lectures, workshops, independent study, collaborative study, formative presentations and e-learning. Some Wednesday afternoons are set-aside for Professional Development Consultations, RME study time or Professional Studies classes. Some Fridays are designated as flexible study time or the time available is directed towards particular learning experiences. These experiences include introductory visits to placement schools, time set aside for formative presentations and collaborative learning experiences.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 25,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 50,
Online Activities 3,
Formative Assessment Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
4000 word essay analysis of Scottish educational policy and the interrelatedness of assessment, learning and teaching.
(All other info about maths presentations, Professional Development Portfolio etc. should be removed)
||Students will be given the opportunity to present and discuss their developing understandings of Scottish educational policy and the interrelatedness of assessment, learning and teaching as it relates to the role of a teacher. Within Professional Studies a feed-forward /formative assessment opportunity will be given by way of a student-run poster session. This session will be timed in order to build on student┐s early explorations of the course and allow time for further exploration and development prior to submitting their course assignment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Knowledge and Understanding: 1. Demonstrate extensive, detailed and critical knowledge and understanding of primary curriculum planning, teaching, assessment and evaluation of learning.
- Practice Applied Knowledge and Understanding: 2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of specialised curricular approaches, concepts and lines of development in primary curriculum.
- Generic Cognitive Skills: 3. Apply critical analysis and synthesize the relationships between primary curriculum, teaching and assessment
- Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills: 4. Consolidate and extend skills in educational academic writing and thinking
- Autonomy, accountability and working with others: 5. Exercise autonomy and initiative for professional learning within a community of enquiry
|Core Course Reading|
Students are expected to be familiar with the following policy texts and academic readings. Additionally, current articles from academic and professional journals will be recommended during the course. More extended reading lists for individual stands are provided on the Programme website.
Arthur, J., Grainger, T. & Wray, D. (2006) Learning to Teach in the Primary School, Abingdon, Routledge
Barnes, J. (2007) Cross ┐ Curricular Learning 3-14, London, Paul Chapman
Bell, S., Harkness, S. & White, G. (eds) (2007) Storyline: Past , Present and Future, Glasgow, Enterprising Careers
Pollard, A. (2008) Reflective Teaching (3rd edition) Evidence Informed Practice,
Rogers. B. Classroom Behaviour (2002) London, Sage
Pollard, A. (ed) (2005) Readings for Reflective Teaching, London, Continuum
Wyse, D. (2006) The good writing guide for education students. London, Sage
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The following skills and attributes will be developed over this course:
Research and Enquiry skills.
Personal and Intellectual Autonomy.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Total hours: 200
Lectures 37 hours
Workshops: 94 hours
Formative Assessment: 6 hours
Directed Study/Independent learning: 63 hours
|Keywords||Pedagogy,Curriculum,Teaching,Assessment,Additional Support Needs,Interdisciplinary learning mod
|Course organiser||Dr Kevin Wright
Tel: (0131 6)51 6676
|Course secretary||Miss Rosie Roberts
Tel: (0131 6)51 6571