Summary module description:
This module examines what is meant by evidence based practice in terms of teaching and learning, and looks at how this can be applied to the professional context as a means of improving teaching and learning. It will require students to examine current practice and policy in the light of evidence based practice to identify strengths and weaknesses of current professional contexts.

Aims:
•To develop an understanding of what constitutes evidence and how this can be used to drive change
•To engage critically with research evidence and explore its strengths and limitations
•To investigate and area of school practice related to teaching and learning

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
•Identify an area of school based practice and demonstrate the ability to reflect on this critically
•Conduct a critical literature review focused on an aspect of teaching and learning practice
•Develop an academic argument on an aspect of teaching and learning that draws together research and practice
•Evaluate the effectiveness of an existing aspect of teaching and learning or an intervention

Additional outcomes:
Demonstrate ability to present their project's findings to peers.
Build research capacity in their institution

Outline content:
The module will enable students to explore an aspect of school/classroom teaching and learning practice and to evaluate this in light of research evidence. The sessions will allow students to engage with the idea of evidence based practice, the contested nature of what constitutes quality in research evidence and how evidence can shape practice.

There will be a number of taught sessions where these ideas are explored. Students will be expected to draw upon their professional context for their assignment where they will either evaluate an existing aspect of teaching and learning in light of research evidence or will carry out a small intervention based upon research evidence.

Global context:
The module addresses an issue applicable to all educational contexts, namely the concern to improve teaching and learning, and the quest to base this upon ‘firm’ evidence of what works.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The sessions will use a mixture of presentations, discussion based activities and student led sessions. There will normally be pre-reading which will form the core of the taught session and as such will be a requirement.

There will initially be five taught sessions, followed by two weeks where students can read/gather data in school and have an opportunity to have a tutorial to discuss progress. This will be followed by two weeks where students present their work to each other, before a final session on writing the assignment.

Contact hours:
  Block taught    
Lectures 9    
Tutorials/seminars 18    
Practicals      
Other contact (eg study visits) 33    
       
Total hours 60    
       
Number of essays or assignments 1    
Other (eg major seminar paper)      

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
There will be one assignment of 10,000 words consisting of a research report of the project undertaken. This will focus on a critical literature review that examines the evidence base for an aspect of teaching and learning/intervention, which will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of this area within the professional context.

Formative assessment methods:
There will be two sessions where formative feedback is provided. One will focus on reading carried out for the assignment and the other will focus on a discussion of the data collected and the emerging findings.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
n/a

Requirements for a pass:
Students must achieve 50%

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission within one calendar month of the notification of failure.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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