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EDUC1036 An Introduction to Teachers and Teaching

Module Overview

This module will develop your critical knowledge and understanding of aspects of the work and lives of teachers in schools and relate this to your own experience. You will develop an understanding of key themes relating to teachers, teaching and classroom practice. Themes might include recent research on effective teaching and teacher development, education policies which affect teachers and portrayals of teachers in popular culture.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain some of the complexity of what it means to become and be a teacher
  • Discuss ways in which different educational contexts affect and are affected by teachers
  • Reflect on how personal experience and/or representations of teachers in the media and popular culture can influence perceptions of teachers and teaching
  • Select and apply relevant research-based literature and policy documents to support your understanding
  • Organise and articulate your arguments in relation to themes raised in the module, both orally in class and in the written assignment


- What is teaching? Why do people choose to teach? - 'Apprenticeship of observation' and how this relates to teaching in schools; - Teachers as people; teacher development, socialisation and demographics; - Research studies and evidence relating to teacher training, in-service continuing professional development and teacher effectiveness; - Public and media depictions of teachers and how these may affect perceptions of the teaching profession.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

- Directed pre-reading - Lectures - Directed seminar tasks building on lecture content. These might include: - Small-group and individual formative work - Structured debates and discussions - Small group presentation (not summatively assessed) Typically, this module is taught through eleven weekly sessions (lecture + seminar) plus one optional tutorial session to prepare for the assessment.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Kyriacou, C (2009). Effective Teaching in Schools Theory and Practice. 

Guardian Education.

The Teacher On-line.

The Importance of Teaching: White Paper.

Education Endowment Foundation.


Institute of Education blog.

The Times Educational Supplement. Available in Hartley Library in print and online.

Journal of Education for Teaching.

Department for Education.

Schools workforce census.

Teacher Development.

Teaching and Teacher Education.

Telegraph Education.



MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


No exceptional cost implications have been identified for this module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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