The purpose of the module is to provide a framework of support for students whose professional needs centre on the teaching of their own subject. Students begin with an analysis of their own needs in relation to these and agree a plan for addressing them within the framework of the module. Strong support is provided for this process. The programme of development includes teaching and other forms of guidance which encourage the student to develop knowledge, understanding and practical capability in the design and implementation of small scale research and development projects in education. The evaluation of impact is also an important element in the work. The implementation of the action plan and its evaluation generates the evidence base for inclusion in a portfolio and/or one or more written assignments as appropriate.
It is envisaged that this module will follow one of these patterns:
It will provide a framework for study and assessment of existing courses within the PMS scheme.
The module content will be designed for a specific group of specialist teachers (e.g. English, art, history, science or mathematics teachers).
Individual students may elect to study the module as a framework for independent study supported by an appropriate disciplinary tutor.
To write a literature review
To design a piece of small scale research
Individual students may also elect to study both modules as a framework for independent study supported by an appropriate disciplinary tutor.
Please note that this module is offered in two modes:
University campus based
As work based learning. This means that the vehicle for the development of pedagogy is current activities, projects and other initiatives led by the participant or in which they have a key role. These must relate to the school improvement plan and to the participant’s own performance review objectives. The WBL route is an innovative approach that enables participants to demonstrate current competence and develop future capability. The WBL route is open only to groups of staff in the same school or college, or to staff groups from more than one school or college. It is taught entirely within the contracting institution(s). Work for this module is intended to result in impact at institutional and classroom level.