Postgraduate taught 

Education (Primary) (Dumfries campus) PGDE

Understanding Learning And Teaching DUMF5111

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The overall aim of Understand Learning and Teaching is to develop students' knowledge and understanding of key theoretical discourses related to learning and teaching in schools. Students will examine a range of pedagogical theories and key aspects of child development and apply these insights to professional practice.


1 hour lecture once a week for 9 weeks

1 hour seminar once a week for 9 weeks

1 hour tutorial once a week for 9 weeks

Excluded Courses





1) A 2000-word written literature review (50% weighting) - ILO 1

2) Three 500-word reflective logs based on classroom practice (50% weighting) - ILOs 2&3

Course Aims

The aims of this course are:


1. To develop students' critical understanding of theoretical discourses concerning learning and teaching and child development through an engagement with recent research.

2. To develop students' ability to reflect on their professional practice and next steps by using insights from pedagogical research.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. Evaluate theories, scholarship, and professional literature to develop a research-informed understanding of theoretical discourses concerning learning and teaching.

2. Apply theoretical understandings of the cognitive, social, and emotional development of children and the contexts in which they learn to their professional practice

3. Apply a theoretical understanding of pedagogical approaches to critically reflect on their professional practice and to inform the next steps in their professional learning.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.