EDMPRT-The reflective teacher

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:
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 forms an introduction to study at Masters level and to using research in order to deepen reflective practice.

For students to inform reflection on their own practice through observation of others and by critical engagement with research literature.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the module, students are expected:
•To be able to offer critical evaluation of alternative approaches to teaching
•To be able to respond critically to issues and methodology in research literature and official reports.
•To be able to present an argument that is supported by appropriate and correctly-referenced evidence.

Additional outcomes:
•Understanding developed through this module will contribute towards the development of the student’s practical teaching.
•The modules will prepare students for future, more independent work at Masters level.

Outline content:
Students will be asked to focus on an aspect of their general development as a teacher (eg behaviour management, form tutoring, SEN). They will be asked to consider a limited number of research articles and official reports in order to identify the issues raised and the methodological approaches taken. Students will be guided in writing a review of this literature.

Students will be working in school while undertaking this study and will be required to undertake classroom observations focusing on their chosen topic. They will be guided in how to gather and present this evidence.

Students will learn how to use their reading to inform their reflections on their own practice and their observations of other teachers.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Two days of lectures and seminars in the autumn term will provide an induction for students to working at Masters level. These will include lectures and seminars on critical approaches to the literature, referencing and writing skills, as well as on the content of the assignment. 

A tutorial will be provided to give feedback on the review of literature.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6
Seminars 6
Tutorials 2
Project Supervision 2
Work-based learning 26
Guided independent study 158
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Written assignment (equivalent to 5,000 words)

Formative assessment methods:
Formative feedback will be given on the review of research literature and the classroom observations.

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:
A mark of 50% or higher

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission within one calendar month of 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: Students cover the 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

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