EDMPPS-Professional Studies: the Reflective Practitioner

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Micro placement
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Prof Catherine Tissot
Email: c.tissot@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is linked with school experiences and requires critical analytical reflection of practice. There is a focus on evaluating the process of planning and teaching to promote an inclusive and enabling environment that celebrates diversity. Trainees are expected to develop their understanding of the curriculum/framework for the particular age ranges, and most appropriate environment for teaching and learning. The role of the teacher, children’s development and learning and implementation of the curriculum/frameworks will be studied in detail. Those following the primary mathematics specialist (SSPIP) route will focus upon how an identified need relates to a child’s mathematical learning and development.

• To consider the nature of inclusive practice and diversity in the classroom
• To constructively and critically reflect on practice to develop and improve teaching and learning
• To develop an appropriate understanding of how research and recent literature inform and improve teaching and learning
• To develop an appropriate understanding of the effectiveness of organisational arrangements within and beyond schools
• To develop an appropriate understanding of how research and recent literature inform professional values and practice

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion students will:
• Demonstrate critical awareness of curriculum, assessment and teaching methods and their continuity
• Demonstrate critical awareness of issues around inclusive practice and diversity
• Relate reflective analysis to the principles of effective teaching and learning
• Critically evaluate reading in terms of the quality of argument and evidence versus opinion
• In relation to one subject or one key stage, to identify and underst and the key factors in school improvement and teachers’ professional development.

Additional outcomes:
This module will provide evidence towards achievement of the Teachers’ Standards.

Outline content:
The module content will examine the discourses and dialogues around inclusive practice and the creation of an enabling environment to celebrate diversity and enhance learning, within the EY and primary phase. The impact of recent research and literature, as well as national initiatives, will be evaluated. Links to practice will be made, with a focus on the professional development of the trainee.

Global context:
All schools engage with the global citizenship agenda.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module is delivered through a combination of e-learning and taught elements. School experience will contribute to achievement of the outcomes.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 15 5
Placement 40 30 10
Guided independent study: 90 90 100
Total hours by term 150 135 115
Total hours for module 400

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

8,000 word case study on a chosen child.    In the case of those following the primary mathematics specialist (SSPIP) route, the case study must focus on how the identified need relates to the identified child’s mathematical learning and development.

Formative assessment methods:
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:

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of coursework within one month of return.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) 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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