Postgraduate taught 

Education (Primary) (Dumfries Campus) PGDE

Understanding Learning And Teaching DUMF5111

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description



To be completed.

Excluded Courses





One assignment of 3000 words

Course Aims

This course aims to enable students:

- To understand theoretical approaches to learning and teaching sy
- To contextualise theoretical approaches appropriately in classrooms by processes of selection, modification and experimentation

- To understand and interpret the role of learning and teaching in a variety of local and global contexts

 - To collaborate with school colleagues and other professionals, agencies and others to promote learning
- To develop professional identity in the context of professional ethical codes, values and commitments

- To understand learning as a life-long
 process for themselves and their pupils

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

- Demonstrate a systematic understanding of theoretical
approaches to learning and teaching
- Demonstrate a critical awareness of current problems and new insights with regard to education, engaging critically with literature and peers in order to critique existing understandings

- Analyse and evaluate th
e learning needs of all pupils by using personal reflection, policy, professional and research evidence, using this to critique existing understandings, when appropriate
- Develop understanding of the potential effects of social contexts on pupil learni
ng and motivation, and consider how teachers can engage all pupils in learning
- Develop knowledge of key intercultural understandings of teaching and learning including the needs of pupils with English as an additional language and how teachers might r
espond to these needs in the classroom
- Collaborate with peers and other colleagues in order continually to evaluate professional and pupil learning

- Make ethical and professional judgements appropriate to their role as beginning teachers

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

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