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Undergraduate Course: Teaching in School 1: Early and First Level Education (Early Years Placement) (EDUA10159)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Postgraduate)
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis Teaching in School 1 course provides the site-based context and experience for students to begin to extend and apply in practice the core learning from Preparation for Teaching in Schools 1 course.
Course description Through this first site-based experience students will grapple with their emerging sense of what it means to be a values-led professional as they explore the begin to understand how social justice and sustainability are understood and translated through the early years setting. This begins their journey as critically enquiring professionals, developing their own professional identity as they engage in a professional community of enquiry developing their understanding of the process of curriculum making and effective pedagogies in Early Years Education. They will investigate how policy is translated in action.

The understanding of professionalism and how this equates to their own classroom practice is explored along with how they promote inclusion, social justice and sustainability in primary classrooms. Developing professional and pedagogical relationships will be an important part of this first site-based course. The early years context provides rich opportunities for collaborative working.

This course encourages students to begin the process of understanding pedagogy, learning theories and how to plan for learning, developing their understanding of subject specific conceptual development and knowledge required for learning progression. They will learn about play in early years settings and how this links to play-based pedagogy and culturally responsive pedagogies. This will be considered alongside concepts of curriculum making and opportunities for developing engaging learning environments that help to explore real-world issues. Students will develop their understanding of child development within the early years context. Students undertake 2 placements: Part A in a nursery setting and part B in the early years.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students must be enrolled on the PGDE Primary programme to take this course.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Fieldwork Hours 196, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 100 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students are assessed collaboratively by their mentor teacher and by a university tutor, as part of the partnership arrangements, through observed evidence of practice and written evidence in the school experience file, as appropriate. The skills observed include application of theory to practice and the ability to plan, manage, organise and assess children's learning for extended periods of time towards one full day during school experience. The national school experience report, based on the GTCS standard for provisional registration, is used to structure and report this assessment. (LOs 1,2,3,4,5)

Assessment is on a pass/fail basis.
Feedback Formative feedback will be offered via the following:

As part of the ongoing mentoring relationship students will receive regular oral formative feedback from their school mentor. There may also be opportunities for formative feedback from other professionals within the school context.

Mid-placement written review of progress identifying strengths and development needs

Students offered Professional Development Consultations with their university tutor

Peer learning activity
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Apply knowledge and understanding of curricular content appropriate for early primary years to plan purposeful learning for children.¿
  2. Apply knowledge, skills, and understanding of early years pedagogy when teaching small groups and whole classes
  3. Engage in reflective and reflexive praxis to ensure how, why and what we teach aligns with our individual and collective professional values and actions.
  4. Use a range of communication skills to professionally interact with young children and sustain learning conversations.
  5. Work collaboratively under guidance in a collaborative relationship with qualified practitioners and other student teachers.
Reading List
Adelman, H. S. & Taylor, L. (2010). Engaging learners, preventing problems, and improving schools. Corwin: Sage Publications.

Alexander, R. (2008) Towards Dialogic Teaching, London, Dialogos

Cremin, T. & Arthur, J., (Eds) (2014)¿Learning to teach in the primary school.¿Third edition / London; New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group

Fisher, D & Frey, N. (2014) Better Learning Through Structured Teaching. Virginia: ASCD

Florian, L & Linklater, H (2010) Preparing teachers for inclusive education: using inclusive pedagogy to enhance teaching and learning for all¿Cambridge Journal of Education¿40(4) pp369-386¿DOI: 10.1080/0305764X.2010.526588¿

Meggit, C. (2012) Child Development: An Illustrated Guide: Birth to 19 Years. (3rd edition). Essex: Pearson Education

Rogers, S. (2011) Re-thinking play and pedagogy in early childhood education: concepts, contexts and cultures, Routledge

Smith, P. K., Cowie, H., & Blades, M. (2015). Understanding Children's Development. (6th edition). Chichester, West Sussex: John Wiley.

Waring & Evans,¿(2014) Understanding Pedagogy: developing a critical approach to teaching and learning, London: Routledge
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Communication: Students will recognize and value communication as the tool for negotiating and creating new understanding, collaborating with others, and furthering their own learning.

Personal Effectiveness: Students will be able to effect change (based on critical analysis and exploration of professional issues) and be responsive to the situations and environments in which they work.
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Course organiserDr Susan Chapman
Course secretaryMrs Melania Chaverri Coto
Tel: (0131 6)51 6210
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