Postgraduate taught 

Education (Secondary) PGDE

Professional Enquiry EDUC5082

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • 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


One assignment of 4000 words

Main Assessment In: April/May

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, historical and political contexts

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

- 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 evaluate 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 implications 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).