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Postgraduate Course: Subject specialism: Nursery and Primary Curricular Areas (1) (EDUA11381)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryAcross the span of a teaching career, teachers are required to develop, progress and deepen their knowledge of the learning process along with their knowledge of the curriculum. Building on knowledge and understanding developed in previous courses, particularly Understanding the Nature of Knowledge and the Curriculum and complementing Assessing What Matters, this course introduces a range of pedagogies and discusses the matter of subject knowledge relevant to teaching within and across the nursery and primary stages, and during the broad general education phase in secondary.
The relationships and tensions between subject knowledge and pedagogic content knowledge will also be explored. The relationship between between disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity will be introduced. The pedagogical focus will be contextualised within curricular areas such as PE, Science and Computer Science but, as the programme will reflect priority subjects in Scotland, the curricular focus will change in response to national demands and institutional expertise.
Course description The conceptual underpinnings of this course align closely with those of the 'Developing Teacher Professionalism' course: self and others; teacher as inquirer; teacher as pedagogical expert and teacher as learner. As part of this course, students will be encouraged to develop and engage in subject specialism professional learning networks and relevant, professional learning opportunities provided by schools and local authorities from the earliest opportunity, to enhance the learning introduced in this course as research highlights that the knowledge and skills required to teach are extensive (Smith, 1997; Darling-Hammond, 2006; Burn, Hagger and Mutton, 2015) . It is unlikely, and arguably undesirable, to assume that any initial teacher education programme will be able to equip becoming teachers with every aspect of subject knowledge and pedagogy required to teach every aspect of a curriculum. Developing understanding of subject content in context and, importantly, developing an understanding of the learning process along with how to apply a range of pedagogies will, however, enable the confident enactment of teaching within and across curricular, subject areas. It will also prepare students to become lifelong professional learners.

Indicative content:
Drawing on a constructivist model of teaching and learning throughout the sessions, this course will ask students to:
- interrogate the place of teachers' subject knowledge in the learning process;
- consider Curriculum for Excellence and to analyse how knowledge and the learning process is constructed in this policy document;
- explore the concept of disciplinarity and the learning process within curricular areas such as PE, Science and Computer Science.

This course will be taught principally through seminar activities, likely organised as 2 whole group and 4 small group sessions, and school/community based activities. In preparation for each session, students will be required to engage in a critical reading of academic, policy and/or professional texts.
Learning in the site of the school/community will be interwoven with learning in the university site, enabling students to actively and confidently consider how curriculum and pedagogy shapes the lives and outcomes of children and young people.

This course is followed by Subject specialism: Nursery and Primary Curricular Areas (2) which moves to consider the nature of interdiciplinarity and the learning process.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This 10-credit course is assessed by project work.
The course uses a student-driven assessment approach in which the students negotiate with the course organiser about a personally meaningful topic for their project which is consistent with the learning outcomes of the course. On agreement of topic:

Part 1 of the task is to develop a theorised proposal that details the aim of the project, a rationale and clear identification of associated pedagogies, the deliverables and a plan for carrying it out with site-based colleagues. There is scope for students to collaborate on a group project to undertake larger, more challenging topics. Indicative projects could include (but are not restricted to):

- An investigation of the impact of a new or alternative teaching approach (applied) on learners' understanding of a difficult concept;
- The development of a teaching progression and sequence of lessons on an agreed topic that will be applied during site-based learning (topic negotiated with tutor and site-based tutors), or
- A review of the literature on inclusive practices within nursery/primary and an evaluation of inclusive practices in the classroom.

Part 2 of the task will constitute a report and reflection on the development and implementation of the project. This will usually take the form of a portfolio which will contain the deliverables including a reflective report.

Part 1 is a formative assessment, with Part 2 worth 100% of the summative grade.
Feedback Students will be required to actively engage in formative feedback conversations with peers, school and university tutors throughout the duration of the course and school site learning.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Informed by policy, theory and practice, demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of the content of nursery and primary curricula
  2. Apply a range of nursery and primary pedagogies and evaluate their success in relation to the intended aims
  3. Develop original and creative responses to planning, teaching, assessing and evaluating
  4. Take responsibility for own work and the sourcing of materials for themselves and for peer/school colleagues
  5. Analyse their learning on this course in relation to relevant core concepts of social justice, sustainability, global perspectives, digital and statistical literacies and professional inquiry skills.
Reading List
General Topics in Scottish Education

Scottish education: beyond devolution (Bryce and Hume)
Scottish education: post-devolution (Bryce and Hume)
Education studies: essential issues (Bartlett and Burton)
Introduction to Education Studies (Bartlett and Burton)
Professional issues for primary teachers (A Browne, D Haylock ¿ 2004)

Reports on Scottish Education
Improving Scottish education
Success for all: target setting within individualised educational programmes : a handbook for schools and education authorities
Teaching Scotland's Future - Report of a review of teacher education in Scotland
(Chapter 2)

Thinking Global

Fifty modern thinkers on education: from Piaget to the present day - Liora Bresler, David Cooper, Joy Palmer, 2001
Darder, A., Mayo, P. and Paraskeva, J. eds., 2017. International critical pedagogy reader. Routledge.
Darder, A., Baltodano, M. and Torres, R.D. eds., 2003. The critical pedagogy reader (p. 1). New York: RoutledgeFalmer.
Ladson-Billings, G., 2021. Culturally relevant pedagogy: Asking a different question. Teachers College Press.
Hooks, B. Teaching to Trangress


Promoting children's learning from birth to five: developing the new early years professional (A Anning, A Edwards ¿ 2006)
Educating the whole child: cross-curricular skills, themes, and dimensions (Siraj-Blatchford)
Reflective teaching in schools (Pollard)
Grigg, R., 2016. Big Ideas in Education: What every teacher should know. Crown House Publishing Ltd.
Teaching Today (Petty)
Learning to teach in the primary school (Burnet and Cremin)

Behaviour Management

Resolving behaviour problems in your school: a practical guide for teachers and support staff (Lee, 2007)
Getting the buggers to behave (Cowley, 2020)
How to manage children's challenging behaviour (Rogers, 2009)
Effective behaviour management in the primary classroom (Shelton and Brownhill, 2008)

Behaviour Support

Better learning, better behaviour (Head, 2005)
Behaviour for Learning: Promoting Positive Relationships (Ellis and Tod, 2018)
Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice: 22 (Maynard and Weinstein, 2019)

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Upon completion of this course, students will have the opportunity to make progress in developing the ability to:
Knowledge and understanding
1. have substantive pedagogical breadth of subject knowledge in nursery/primary education, together with the ability to teach across the P5 /S3 transition phase;
Skills and abilities in Research and Enquiry
2. analyse facts and situations and apply creative thinking to develop the appropriate solutions;
Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
3. think independently, exercise personal judgment and take initiative;
Skills and abilities in Communication
4. persuade, negotiate and influence others and
Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness
5. formulate, evaluate and apply evidence-based solutions and arguments
Keywordscurriculum,pedagogy,nursery,primary,broad general education
Course organiserDr Geetha Marcus
Course secretaryMiss Annabelle MacInnes
Tel: (0131 6)51 7761
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