Placement: School Experience
School Of Educational Sciences
Module - Semester 2
Before placement: Preparation for placement experience (including code of conduct, child protection, health and safety issues etc.)
To understand how to critically analyse and reflect upon experiences on placement
To become familiar with the educational institution and the staff
To understand the various roles and responsibilities of staff and the staff structure of the institution.
To observe how various elements of the Curriculum are organized and compare that with curriculum theory.
To observe best practice with regards to teaching and learning.
To observe how national and/or institutional priorities are delivered.
To examine how the institution ensures the balanced development of its pupils/students.
To examine how the institution assesses progress and reports to students etc.
To examine how the institution provides for inclusion.
To relate the institution’s ethos to the mission statement and its academic and pastoral programmes.
To achieve understanding of the dual role of the tutor: pastoral and administrative.
To achieve understanding of management and leadership.
To examine how the institution provides for bilingual education.
To take part in a short presentation for staff and/or students.
During the university sessions:
To review experiences to date.
To ensure reflective logs include critical analysis and reflections are tied to the underlying theory.
To review what further experiences would be helpful to their development.
Threshold - 50-59%, Pass: Clear evidence of planning leading to a good structure, sound understanding of theories and analysis, and good use of research supported by appropriate evidence. 60-69%, Merit: Shows significant insight, offers sustained and relevant analysis, well researched and referenced and written with a clear structure and style. -excellent -70-100%, Distinction: Outstanding work which demonstrates exceptional scholarship and is worthy of publication, or instrumental in developing professional practice.
- Critically analyse and reflect upon their experiences on placement (including comparing current practice to their own experiences/home educational system) in the light of background reading.
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of best practice with regards to teaching and learning.
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the complexity and interconnectedness issues of educational issues.
- Demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of current educational practice in an educational institution.
Reflective Presentation - The presentation needs to be focused on an area of interest that has presented itself during your placement. This could be an area you have learned about in other modules (assessment, for example) or a critical comparison between your own experiences and that which you observed in the sessions. You should critically analyse the issue with reference to relevant literature and publications, including journal articles and policy documents and guidance. You should avoid being overly descriptive and saying what happened - instead focus on why you observed what you did, why this may have been so, the implications for practice and draw a conclusion as to you're opinion on this based on your reading. Remember do not name the school or lecturer/teacher and ensure any evaluative comments are fully supported and justified with evidence.
Reflective report - this report inovles students reflecting on a specific area of their experience which is related to one of the other modules studied on the MA programme. This could be related to leaderhsip and management, assessment in education or curriculum design, and the student can critically reflect on their expreiecne under one of these headings.