Module PLP-3003:
Evidence-based Ed. Methods

Module Facts

Run by School of Psychology

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Michael Beverley

Overall aims and purpose

How should we teach our children?

This module will focus on evidence-based behavioural approaches to education.

Following a general introduction to the methods of effective education, students will be introduced to how these methods are used to teach children, and how they can be implemented within our current educational system. In the small group sessions, students will learn how to analyse curriculum problems and design and monitor an educational plan supported by evidenced based approaches.

Course content

Students will gain an insight into these important topics.

Specific topics covered will include the principles of effective instruction; the desired outcomes of learning; how to implement Precision Teaching and Direct Instruction (specifically as applied to teaching reading [beginning and remedial]) within educational settings; the vital role that research plays in effective education; and the barriers that exist to the implementation of effective evidence-based approaches within our educational system. Students will also be introduced to the different levels of measurement (Macro, Meta, & Micro), and how they can be used to support an effective Response to Intervention (RtI) model.

For reading list, please refer to Talis Aspire on BlackBoard Site for this module.

Assessment Criteria

C- to C+

Satisfactory C- to C

Satisfactory presentation of knowledge about evidence-based methods of education in a relatively clear manner, but with a few inaccuracies.

Satisfactory use of evidence to support the points made in examination answers. Satisfactory oral presentation skills, demonstrating an understanding of the main elements of the subject area, but with very little critical thinking.

Satisfactory development of critical arguments in written assignments, however the arguments presented lacked coherence.

Satisfactory use of studies discussed in the seminars to support the points made, but very little evidence of additional reading.

Satisfactory presentation of interesting and relevant research questions, demonstrating some understanding of evidence-based methods of education, and a satisfactory evaluation of the theoretical and practical applications of the field.

threshold

Threshold D- to D+

Knowledge of key principles only. Many errors and weaknesses in terms of presentation and accuracy.

Little use of evidence to support the points made in examination answers.

Poor oral presentation skills, demonstrating a little knowledge of the main elements of the subject area.

Arguments were presented in written assignments, but they did not flow, and there was no evidence of original interpretation nor critical thinking. Very little use of evidence to support the points made, and little evidence of additional reading.

Relatively interesting and relevant research questions were presented, but lacked a firm understanding of evidence-based methods of education. No evaluation of the theoretical and practical applications of the field.

good

Good B- to B+

Good presentation of strong knowledge about evidence-based methods of education in a clear, concise, and accurate manner.

Good use of evidence to support the points made in examination answers. Good oral presentation skills, demonstrating relatively clear understanding, independent work, and critical thinking.

Good and logical development of critical arguments in written assignments, evidence of additional reading, and original interpretation. Good use of studies discussed in the seminars, as well as additional research, to support the points made.

Good presentation of interesting and relevant research questions, demonstrating a true understanding of evidence-based methods of education, and a good evaluation of the theoretical and practical applications of the field.

excellent

Excellent A- to A**

Excellent presentation of comprehensive knowledge about evidence-based methods of education in a clear, concise, and accurate manner.

Excellent use of evidence to support the points made in examination answers.

Excellent oral presentation skills, demonstrating a clear understanding, independent work, and critical thinking.

Excellent and logical development of critical arguments in written assignments, evidence of additional reading, and original interpretation. Excellent use of studies discussed in the seminars, as well as additional research, to support the points made.

Excellent presentation of interesting and relevant research questions, demonstrating a true understanding of evidence-based methods of education, and an excellent evaluation of the theoretical and practical applications of the field.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to read, interpret, and plot chart elements at the appropriate fluency rate, and to make appropriate data based decision from the learning pictures displayed on SCC.

  2. Interpret, evaluate, and criticise data from research into effective educational procedures.

  3. Critically review the use of direct instruction and precision teaching methods with relation to teaching reading (and other basic essential skills).

  4. Evaluate the motivation for adherence to different educational models within our educational system and the myths that maintain these.

  5. Design and run a teaching and learning project for a specific skill deficit.

  6. Demonstrate proficiency in collecting data on a regular basis and charting this data on a Standard Celeration Chart (SCC) using the appropriate associated charting conventions.

  7. Design, create, and orally present the learning project that you have worked on throughout the module.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Weekly Learning Project Blog 15
Final Exam 60
Presentation of Learning Project 25

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study

Each student should expect to complete 200 hours of work for this module across the semester (including scheduled classes, independent research, and completing assignments).

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Lecture

Students will be taught through lectures and small groups. Each student should expect to complete 200 hours of work for this module across the semester (including scheduled classes, independent research, and completing assignments).

Students can expect feedback on their work in this module in the following ways : • Self feedback through Learning Project activities • Peer feedback through Learning Project activities • Tutor feedback through weekly small group work, lectures and Learning Project activities • Open invite to meet with tutor to discuss on-going performance, assignment results, etc during office-drop-in times or pre-arranged meeting

In response to student feedback received in the previous academic year, those elements of the module that received positive feedback will be maintained and those areas identified for possible improvement will be analysed over the summer in order to make appropriate changes for the next academic year.

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Workshop

Students will be taught through lectures and small groups. Each student should expect to complete 200 hours of work for this module across the semester (including scheduled classes, independent research, and completing assignments).

Students can expect feedback on their work in this module in the following ways : • Self feedback through Learning Project activities • Peer feedback through Learning Project activities • Tutor feedback through weekly small group work, lectures and Learning Project activities • Open invite to meet with tutor to discuss on-going performance, assignment results, etc during office-drop-in times or pre-arranged meeting

In response to student feedback received in the previous academic year, those elements of the module that received positive feedback will be maintained and those areas identified for possible improvement will be analysed over the summer in order to make appropriate changes for the next academic year.

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Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting

Subject specific skills

  • Understand the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
  • Communicate psychological concepts effectively in written form.
  • Communicate psychological concepts effectively in oral form.
  • Be computer literate for the purpose of processing and disseminating psychological data and information.
  • Handle primary source material critically.
  • Use effectively personal planning and project management skills.
  • Comprehend and use psychological data effectively, demonstrating a systematic knowledge of the application and limitations of various research paradigms and techniques.
  • Use a range of statistical methods with confidence.
  • Use a variety of psychological tools, including specialist software, laboratory equipment and psychometric instruments.

Resources

Talis Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/plp-3003.html

Reading list

See Talis Aspire link below to directly access this year's module:

https://bangor.rl.talis.com/lists/47C3B65D-0F7D-5FFC-AF75-F095FD64AD1E.html

Courses including this module

Optional in courses: