Secondary Subject Studies
Subject Studies in Secondary Education 2022-23
School Of Educational Sciences
Module - Semester 1 & 2
Associate Teachers will explore:
- A range of current evidence-based approaches to the teaching of the specialist subject and Area of Learning (AoLe), enabling Associate Teachers (ATs) to teach effective lessons in context. All approaches will be analysed within the contexts of established learning theories
- Theories and principles of assessment and how they are linked to practice in terms of pedagogy, learning and notions of progress within the specialist subject and AoLE;
- The nature and aims of the specialist subject and AoLe within the Welsh National Curriculum, including programmes of study, GCSE and A level specifications, transitions from different phases and, where appropriate, vocational qualifications;
- How literacy, numeracy and digital technology across the curriculum can be developed and applied where relevant within the specialist subject;
- How Associate Teachers’ personal literacy, numeracy, digital and thinking skills can be developed, and applied within their specialist subject;
- How specialist subject tutors and mentors can model the use of Welsh within context and within the specialised subject. All ATs will have the opportunity to develop their use of the Welsh language within the specialist subject; from beginners to fluent speakers who wish to enhance their writing skills;
- Methods, methodologies and a consideration of ethical principles appropriate to a small scale professional enquiry.
The Four Purposes of the curriculum areas will be embedded throughout the module:
Developing children as:
- ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives;
- enterprising, capable contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work;
- ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world;
- healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
Research Methods and Methodology
The content and delivery of the module will encourage ATs to offer advanced critical review of the importance of being consumers and producers of subject specific pedagogical research. They will analyse, synthesise and critically reflect on the spectrum of research that informs teaching practice specific to their subject and/or AOLE. ATs will also be encouraged to offer advanced critical evaluation of practice-based or close-to-practice research. The module will encourage mastery of what it means to develop a ‘culture of enquiry’ within self-improving school systems (such as within individual departments), schools as learning organisations, and the importance of developing and participating in Professional Learning Communities. ATs will also be given the opportunity to undertake a small scale practice based enquiry.
Academic Study Skills
- Development and refinement of: (embedded within module content and assignment context):
- time and task management skills;
- reading for academic purposes ;
- planning assignments;
- critical thinking, analysis and developing an argument;
- assignment structure;
- academic writing style;
- information literacy;
- reflective learning.
Progression in Bilingualism
ATs will study the aims and goals of bilingual education from the different perspectives, to include the specific issues associated with assessment of bilinguals, and the expected and realistic outcomes for different types of bilinguals. ATs will be taught subject specific bilingual pedagogical approaches, alongside those with a more general application (to include trans-languaging, monolingual/bilingual discourse).
ALN, Inclusion and Differentiation
Barriers to learning will be explored critically with particular attention given to additional learning needs (ALN) within the specialised subject. ATs will reflect critically on how complex social, cultural, emotional and personal influences may affect progress within their specialist subject. ATs will explore how to plan and provide within the specialist subject for those who speak English or Welsh as an additional language.
Health and Well-being
They will study how their subject can develop the role of learners as ethical and informed citizens of Wales and the wider world, ensuring that the health and well-being of learners is promoted where appropriate and to embed equality and diversity in all aspects of their practice.
The module aligns with the Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership in Wales, and provides a scaffold for the ATs' demonstration of the standards in practice within the secondary subject specialism (Please refer to the Professional Standards tracking document). In addition, the strands of research literacy, core academic skills development and meta-cognition inform the module throughout.
-threshold -(D) All learning outcomes will have been produced to a satisfactory level. Knowledge and understanding of the module content will be supported by a satisfactory range of theory, practice and research literature. Candidates will have demonstrated satisfactory evidence of critical analysis when reflecting on teaching and learning.Students will have developed their study skills to a satisfactory standard and will be able to communicate to a satisfactory standard in a professional and academic context.
-good -(B) Most learning outcomes will have been produced at a good level. Excellence in some learning outcomes may compensate for satisfactory attainment in others.A good knowledge and understanding of the module content will be supported by a good range of theory, practice and research literature.Candidates will provide good critical analysis when reflecting on a significant range of teaching and learning styles.Students will have developed good study skills and will be able to communicate to a good standard in professional and academic contexts.
-excellent -(A) Most learning outcomes will have been produced at an excellent level. A good knowledge and understanding of the module content will be supported by an excellent range of theory, practice and research literature.Candidates will provide excellent critical analysis when reflecting on a significant range of teaching and learning styles.Students will have developed excellent study skills and will be able to communicate to an excellent standard in professional and academic contexts.
- Critically analyse the nature and aims of the specialist subject and AoLe within the Welsh National Curriculum
- Design, implement and critically evaluate a small-scale practice-based enquiry.
- Plan, teach and critically evaluate lessons which are informed by research and principles of teaching and learning in the subject specialism and AoLe
Logbook Or Portfolio
Critical Portfolio with Lesson Study For details of the assignment, refer to the module handbook.
Professional Enquiry For details of the assignment, refer to the module handbook