School Experience 1 DUMF1016

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

School Experience in Year 1 is an observational and practical placement. Students will undertake one block placement of 5 or 6 weeks (depending on Local Authority school timetables) from May to June after semester two. 

Timetable

One x 2-hour seminar per week during Semester 2. 
5 or 6
 week block placement in May/June, depending on Local Authority School timetable.

Requirements of Entry

Entry to programme.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Successful completion of the placement requires:

1) 90% attendance at the allocated placement school as per GTCS requirements;

2) Satisfactory completion of all tasks outlined in the School Experience Remit;

3) A grade of Satisfactory from the school;

4) A grade of Satisfactory from the visiting tutor. 

Course Aims

to introduce a range of methodologies, pedagogies and assessment strategies which relate to teaching in the middle primary school;

to introduce the planning and recording cycle: planning, implementation, assessment of children's learning and evaluation of their own teaching in the middle primary school;

to provide opportunities to become more familiar with the policies, procedures, resources and the overall day-to-day learning environment of a primary school;

to promote the use of creative and innovative pedagogical strategies for learning and teaching in the middle primary school;

to foster critical reflection on the links between effective teaching and the quality of children's learning in the middle primary school;

to develop a sense of professional identity in order to enable them to operate confidently in constantly-changing curricular contexts;

to cultivate appropriate attitudes towards professionalism and the teaching profession;

• to evaluate on their continuing professional development using the SITE Benchmarks to monitor and evaluate growing competencies.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students will have learned to:

 

• demonstrate an awareness of a range of methodologies, pedagogies and assessment strategies which relate to teaching in the middle primary school;

• plan, implement, assess children's learning and evaluate their own teaching through critical examination, with a focus on Language and Mathematics in the middle primary school;

• establish a familiarity with the policies, procedures, resources and the overall day-to-day learning environment of a primary school;

• demonstrate an ability to use creative and innovative pedagogical strategies for learning and teaching in the middle primary school;

• exhibit an enhanced understanding of the links between effective teaching and the quality of children's learning in the middle primary school;

• present themselves in a professional manner with a clear sense of professional identity, enabling them to operate confidently in constantly-changing curricular contexts;

• demonstrate appropriate professional attitudes towards the teaching profession;

• monitor and evaluate their own learning using the SITE Benchmarks in order to identify areas for improvement as part of their continuing professional development.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

1) Attendance of least 90% for both the preparatory University lectures/tutorials and the School Experience field placement (GTCS Requirement);

2) Satisfactory completion of all school-based tasks including school experience portfolio;

3) Overall grade of Satisfactory from school partners;

4) Overall grade of Satisfactory from visiting university tutor/Teaching Fellow;