Postgraduate taught 

Education (Primary) (Dumfries Campus) PGDE

Professional Enquiry DUMF5109

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces students to methods of professional enquiry to evaluate classroom practice and pupil learning.


To be completed

Excluded Courses





One assignment of 4000 words

Course Aims

- To enable students to evaluate teaching and learning through engagement with and engagement in research
  To understand the potential of practitioner enquiry/action research for the development of professional practice
- To equip students to enter the teaching profession with the capacity to explore educational issues and their societal, cultural, histor
ical and political contexts

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

- Self evaluate and apply learning to the enhancement of practice
- Design practitioner enquiries and small scale research projects in educational contexts in order to extend an understanding of pedagogy

- Develop awareness of ethical issues and codes of professional practice

- Gather information and eva
luate its validity and usefulness for particular enquiries
- Improve professional practice through observation, reflection, evaluation and enquiry

- Critically review and debate the relationship between policy, practice, theory and research and the im
plications for professional development and pedagogy
- Problem solve in the immediate and longer term

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Satisfactory completion of course assessment (one essay comprising 100% of course assessment).