School Experience 4 DUMF4016

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This final school experience placement will place students in a primary school for 11 weeks, with students assuming full class responsibility for the final 6 weeks. Students will be expected to demonstrate professional competence across the curriculum with a particular focus on Modern Languages, Technologies, and Social Subjects.

Timetable

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

10-week block placement during Semester 2.

Requirements of Entry

Entry to Year 4 of the MA Honours Primary Education with Teaching Qualification and a result of Satisfactory in School Experience 3.

Co-requisites

Honours Dissertation (DUMF4010P)

Education in its Wider Contexts (DUMF4024)

The Teacher as a Professional (DUMF4021)

Assessment

School Placement at any stage of the 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) Three Satisfactory grades from the school;

4) Three Satisfactory grades from the visiting tutor.

Course Aims

• to expand the range of methodologies, recording, reporting and assessment strategies, focussing on the curricular areas of "Sciences" and "Technologies";

• to expand the effectiveness of the planning and recording cycle over a sustained period of time: planning, implementation, assessment of children's learning and evaluation of their own teaching to include all curricular areas, focussing on "Sciences" and "Technologies";

• to provide opportunities to become more familiar with the policies, procedures, resources and the overall day-to-day learning environment over a longer, sustained period of time;

• to promote the use of creative and innovative pedagogical strategies for learning and teaching, focussing on the curricular areas of "Sciences" and "Technologies";

• to foster critical reflection on the links between effective teaching and the quality of children's learning over a longer, sustained period of time and how the wider life of the school has an impact on this;

• to enhance a sense of professional identity in order to enable them to operate confidently in constantly-changing curricular contexts over a longer, sustained period of time;

• to widen appropriate attitudes and engagement 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, recording, reporting and assessment strategies which relate to teaching focussing on the curricular areas of Sciences and Technologies;

• plan, implement, assess children's learning and evaluate their own teaching effectively through critical examination over a sustained period of time.

• 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, focussing on the curricular areas of "Sciences" and "Technologies";

• exibit an enhanced understanding of the links between effective teaching and the quality of children's learning over a sustained period of time and how the wider life of the school has an impact on this;

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

• demonstrate appropriate professional attitudes and engagement towards the teaching profession by engaging fully in the wider life of the school;

• achieve the Standard for Initial Teacher Education (SITE Benchmarks) by identifying key areas of competencies and 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.Students must also demonstrate that they have attained the Standard for Initial Teacher Education.