PG7004: Professional Studies


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PG7004: Professional Studies

Module Title Professional Studies
Module Code PG7004
Module Tutor Rachel Eperjesi
School School of Education
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

This module is central to the PGCE Primary and runs throughout the course. It aims to support students' professional development through:

developing the students' understanding of pedagogical issues relating to teaching and learning in primary schools; developing the students' understanding of the range of professional demands made on teachersin primary schools; supporting the students in meeting the Teachers' Standards. It also aims to develop the students’ abilities to become novice researchers into their own practice as teachers and to reflect critically on teaching and learning. Additionally, this module aims to ensure students are aware of the requirements of the course regarding school experience and completing the professional development profile.

Indicative Syllabus

The professional development strand will focus on:

  • Professional Values
  • National initiatives
  • An introduction to curriculum developments
  • Planning and assessment for learning Special Educational Needs
  • Meeting individual and diverse needs
  • Managing Behaviour
  • Child-centred learning

The practitioner research development strand will focus on:

  • Research paradigms
  • Literature review
  • Action / practitioner research approaches
  • Validity, Reliability and Triangulation
  • Reporting research findings
  • Implications for practice
Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the role of the primary school teacher, including major responsibilities and professional skills and knowledge
  2. Confidently and flexibly plan, assess and evaluate teaching and learning episodes in school
  3. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the nature and ethics of classroom based research
  4. Undertake critical analysis of a range of significant issues about learning e.g. assessment and behaviour, and evaluation of the teacher’s professional role
  5. Take responsibility for their own learning and development, having planned, implemented and evaluated a small-scale project focused on developing an area of their practice

In addition, students operating at Masters level should be able to demonstrate:

  1. A well developed ability to engage critically with issues relating to educational research
  2. A well developed ability to analyse significant aspects of their practice and development as teachers
  3. A well developed ability to synthesise research findings based on wide reading of relevant sources
Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: Standard: 5000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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