School Experience 3 DUMF3016

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The focus of this course is the upper stages of primary school (P6-7). A placement in the upper stages of a primary school establishment will be undertaken in a 4-week block in August/September before Semester 1.

 

The placement will also focus on effective teaching, learning, assessment and pedagogy for teaching the curricular of Expressive Arts, and Religious & Moral Education. 

Timetable

One x 2-hour seminar per week during Semester 1;

Two 2-hour seminars per week during Weeks 1 to 5 of Semester 2;

6-week block placement in February and March.

Requirements of Entry

Entry to Year 3 of the MA Honours Primary Education with Teaching Qualification and a result of Satisfactory in School Experience 2 - Early Stages.

Co-requisites

Language and Literacy 3 (DUMF3032)

Teachers and Teaching (DUMF3018)

Curriculum and Assessment (DUMF3006)

Mathematics: Theory and Pedagogy 3 (DUMF3013)

Assessment

School Placement in the upper stages (P6-7) of a primary school.

 

Successful completion of the placement requires:

1) 90% attendance at the 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 expand the range of methodologies, pedagogies and assessment strategies to include upper stages (P6-7) with a focus on Expressive Arts and Religious & Moral Education;

• 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 upper 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 upper stages environment;

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

• to foster critical reflection on the links between effective teaching and the quality of children's learning in the upper 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 upper stages of primary school (P6-7), focussing on Social Studies and Religious & Moral Education;

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

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

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

• exibit an enhanced understanding of the links between effective teaching and the quality of children's learning in the upper 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.