School Experience 2 DUMF2035

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The focus of this course is the early stages of primary school (P1-3). A placement in the early stages of a primary school establishment will be undertaken in a 5 or 6 week block in May/June after Semester 2 (number of weeks depends on Local Authority's School Timetable).

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 Year 2 of the MA Honours Primary Education with Teaching Qualification and a pass in School Experience 1.

Co-requisites

Issues in Contemporary Society (DUMF2010)

Mathematics: Theory and Pedagogy 2 (DUMF2012)

Literacy 2 (DUMF2011)

Assessment

School Placement in the early stages (P1-3) of a primary school.

 

Successful completion of the placement requires:

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

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

3) Three Satisfactory grades from the school;

4)Three Satisfactory grades from the visiting tutor.

Course Aims

• to expand the range of methodologies, pedagogies and assessment strategies to include early stages (P1-3);

• to expand the effectiveness of the planning and recording cycle: planning, implementation, assessment of children's learning and evaluation of their own teaching to include the early stages of primary school;

• to provide opportunities to become more familiar with the policies, procedures, resources and the overall day-to-day learning environment in an early stages environment;

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

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

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

• to widen 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

• demonstrate an awareness of appropriate methodologies, pedagogies and assessment strategies which relate to teaching in the early stages of primary school (P1-3);

• plan, implement, assess children's learning and evaluate their own teaching through critical examination with a focus on the early stages of primary school;

• establish a familiarity with the policies, procedures, resources and the overall day-to-day learning environment in an early stages environment;

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

• exibit an enhanced understanding of the links between effective teaching and the quality of children's learning in the early stages of 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 at 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/file;

3) Overall grade of Satisfactory from school partners;

4) Overall grade of Satisfactory from visiting university tutor/associate tutor.