Module XCE-3012:
Professional Studies 3

Module Facts

Run by School of Education and Human Development

30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Mr Gwyn Ellis

Overall aims and purpose

The module builds on XCE 2006 and develops the trainees' understanding of the standards for qualified teacher status and the professional requirements, and prepares trainees as trainee teachers. It centres on school effectiveness and critically reflects on relevant educational policies and practice, paying particular attention to current and contemporary issues.

Course content

  1. The elements that directly affect school effectiveness, including: (i) the roles of individuals, groups, institutions, and external agencies; (ii) the steps for school improvement within a learner’s educational journey; (iii) teachers' professional obligations and responsibilities, including their legal obligations; (iv) working with various stakeholders, including parents; (v) planning the curriculum /areas of learning, assessing and recording progress; (vi) creating a positive work ethos; (vii) educational policies and practice.
  2. Social inclusion and equal opportunities, including race, gender, disability, and social class.
  3. Current and contemporary developments.
  4. Impartial career advice and information regarding job applications writing a C.V, interview skills etc throughout planned sessions during professional week.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

  1. Demonstrate satisfactory critical understanding of the elements that are directly connected with the effectiveness and efficiency of schools
  2. Demonstrate satisfactory critical recognition of the principles that form the basis of effective education
  3. Demonstrate satisfactory critical understanding when evaluating good practice regarding approaches to teaching and learning
  4. Demonstrate a satisfactory critical understanding of the main principles regarding the progressive and inclusive nature of education in the twenty first century
  5. Demonstrate satisfactory ability to be critical and reflective regarding their own skills as educational practitioners

good

  1. Demonstrate good critical understanding of the elements that are directly connected with the effectiveness and efficiency of schools
  2. Demonstrate good critical recognition of the principles that form the basis of effective education
  3. Demonstrate good critical understanding when evaluating good practice regarding approaches to teaching and learning
  4. Demonstrate a good critical understanding of the main principles regarding the progressive and inclusive nature of education in the twenty first century
  5. Demonstrate good ability to be critical and reflective regarding their own skills as educational practitioners

excellent

  1. Demonstrate excellent critical understanding of the elements that are directly connected with the effectiveness and efficiency of schools
  2. Demonstrate excellent critical recognition of the principles that form the basis of effective education
  3. Demonstrate excellent critical understanding when evaluating good practice regarding approaches to teaching and learning
  4. Demonstrate a excellent critical understanding of the main principles regarding the progressive and inclusive nature of education in the twenty first century
  5. Demonstrate excellent ability to be critical and reflective regarding their own skills as educational practitioners

Learning outcomes

  1. Have a critical understanding of the elements that are directly connected with the effectiveness and efficiency of schools

  2. Be able to recognise the principles that form the basis of effective education

  3. Evaluate good practice regarding approaches to teaching and learning

  4. Have a critical understanding of the main principles regarding the progressive and inclusive nature of education in the twenty first century

  5. Be critical and reflective regarding their own skills as educational practitioners

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ESSAY Coursework 100

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Lecture

Interactive lectures (14@1 ½ weekly) 21 hours

300
 

Professional week sessions (4 days x 4 ½ hours , 1 day x 6 hours, 1 day x 2 hours) 26 hours

 

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
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • 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.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: