Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Micro placement
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Catherine Foley

Email: c.m.foley@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is designed to complement students’ experience of teaching and leading learning in school. It provides an opportunity for them to consider in depth an aspect of pedagogy, drawing on research to inform and evaluate their practice.   Those following the Mathematics specialist (SSPIP route) focus upon leading the teaching of mathematics. 

To further develop knowledge and skills in a named aspect of teaching and learning.
To develop critical and reflective thinking.
To encourage reflective practice and further study throughout a teaching career.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of the module students will:

  • Have developed their knowledge and skills in a particular aspect of teaching and learning

  • Demonstrate critical understanding of a named aspect of pedagogy as it relates to children’s outcomes.

  • Have critically reflected on the current research relating to their chosen focus

  • Become practised in critical and reflective thinking 

  • Be able to analyse what they read, observe and do

  • Have learnt relevant enquiry skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to write in an appropriate academic register 

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

Students will engage with related literature and consider implications for pedagogy in a reflective manner.   Students will receive input on expectations for masters' level study and appropriate methods of enquiry. 

Global context:
The global context is an integral part of a school based module, as all school engage with global citizenship as part of the curriculum.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures and workshops, e-learning, group activities, practical school based investigation.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 14 2
Guided independent study 70 66
Placement 16 32
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

A 4,000 word report.   In the case of the primary Mathematics specialists (SSPIP) route the assignment must examine key themes in leading the teaching and learning of mathematics. 

Formative assessment methods:
Formative feedback on an aspect of the written assignment.
Engagement with school-based tasks.

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

Assessment requirements for a pass:
50% in the report.

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission within one month of return.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: No required text books. A list of recommended books will be given at the beginning of each module.
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding: Occasional printing of materials. Some photocopies of materials will be provided in the teaching sessions. Electronic copies of handouts are uploaded to Blackboard prior to sessions and it is expected that students will EITHER print these OR access and take notes on an electronic device during the session Students will need to provide a printed copy of their assessment. (Library printing costs are 5p for B/W page and 15p for colour page)

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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