EDMPIP-Investigating Practice

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Mrs Sarah Marston

Email: s.m.marston@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module is designed to complement students’ experience of teaching in school. It provides an opportunity for them to consider in depth an aspect of their practice, drawing on research to carry out an investigation to inform and evaluate an investigation of their teaching practice.

For students to engage with research in order to inform their teaching and to evaluate the impact on their pupils’ learning.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the module, students are expected:
• To be able to identify a focus and implement and critically evaluate an investigation of their teaching practice.
• To be able to engage with and carry out an investigation in an educational context, finding and critically evaluating relevant literature and developing appropriate methodology to investigate empirically the impact of their teaching practice.

Additional outcomes:
• Understanding developed through this module will contribute towards the development of the student’s practical teaching.

Outline content:
Students will design and complete an action research project to develop an aspect of their teaching that they will identify in consultation with their tutor. The purpose of this is for them to improve their teaching by engaging with research literature and empirical study.

The first part of this study will involve compiling a review of the relevant research literature. This will lead to a review of the issues surrounding their chosen topic that arise from existing research.

On the basis of their reading, students will design an investigation of their teaching practice and identify ways of evaluating the impact of this investigation on their students. They will then write up their results, discussion and the conclusions that they draw in relation to their practice.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Students will attend two days of lectures and seminars during the spring term to introduce research methods and approaches to finding and reviewing appropriate literature. A one to one tutorial will be provided for each student during the Spring Term to consider the design of interventions and evaluation methodologies. Formative feedback will be provided on the literature review and the research proposal.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 4
Seminars 3
Tutorials 2
Work-based learning 200
Guided independent study 191
Total hours by term 400.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Other information on summative assessment:
The written assignment (equivalent to 9,000 words) will comprise a literature review, a report on the investigation with supporting material.

Formative assessment methods:

•Review of the literature (equivalent to 1,500 words) • Research proposal to inform the investigation and evaluation

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:

Requirements for a pass:
50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission within one calendar month of the notification of failure.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: Our aim in training excellent teachers is to ground practice in understanding as the basis for lifelong career development. In order to provide a research-based foundation for all aspects of the programme, we have adopted the following books as common texts:

Andrew Pollard, (2014). Reflective teaching in schools (4th ed.). London: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 1441191704 Price: £24.99

Andrew Pollard (Ed.), (2014). Readings for reflective teaching in schools (2nd ed.). London: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 1472509749 Price: £24.99

Reflective teaching in schools and its companion volume of source readings will form a background to all aspects of the training. In particular, the framework for teacher expertise (pages 448-9) will be used to map all aspects of the programme – at the University and in Schools – in order to ensure coherence. This framework is available online at: http://reflectiveteaching.co.uk/deepening-expertise/conceptual-framework/. Available at the library to download.

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: Student cover cost of transport to and from the placement school for three placement blocks.
English – optional trips to the Globe Theatre
History - £65 membership for 2 years of the Historical Association
Design and Technology Students are required to pay for a Health And Safety Certificate at £25

Last updated: 14 July 2017

Things to do now