Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

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
Placement 16 32
Guided independent study: 70 66
Total hours by term 100 100
Total hours for module 200

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:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmissionPGflexible.pdf
The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

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: 28 October 2021


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