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EDUC3021 Current Issues in teaching and learning in schools, colleges and higher education

Module Overview

You will reflect on your personal experiences of learning in relation to reported educational theory. Through this context you will examine a set of current teaching and learning issues. You will be encouraged to investigate, critically assess and engage in debating these issues, as reported by active educational researchers. Additionally, you will consider how young people learn, how learning is recognised and assessed and establish a view of what is deemed effective teaching and learning. Consequently, you are expected to develop a deeper understanding of the contexts in which teachers work, the accountability of teachers and the responsibilities of learners.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- Analyse issues relating to teaching and learning and reflect on the influence of personal experiences in relation to current educational practice; - Investigate and critically assess research on current understandings about how young people learn, how learning is recognised and assessed and establish a view of what is deemed to be effective teaching and learning; - Develop a deeper understanding of the contexts in which educators work, paying consideration to accountability and responsibilities to learners

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the relationship between teaching and learning and analyse the factors that influence this relationship.
  • Appreciate the ways in which teachers are accountable to a range of potentially different stakeholders and how this shapes what teachers do.
  • Use a range of sources to extend your knowledge and understanding of issues relating to teaching and learning, and to critically examine current issues in teaching and learning.
  • Process, synthesise and present your own views in a coherent manner.
  • Work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a team.
  • Evaluate your own contribution to a team effort.

Syllabus

This module has a focus on the current work of active researchers in education and the syllabus will reflect their current research interests. Typically, the content of this module will cover: - Assessment for learning and assessment of learning, including issues of validity and reliability - Places/locations of learning and a range of learning environments; - The identification of key principles of effective pedagogy - Education and accountability - Understandings of quality in educational contexts

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module will use a mix of lectures and seminars along with directed reading and suggested additional research. The focus will be on small group discussion, plus small group presentations. Typically, this module is taught through a two-hour session and provides opportunities for individual tutorials.

TypeHours
Independent Study130
Teaching20
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Gardner, J. (2012). Assessment and Learning (Electronic resource). London:Sage 

Learning without limits. 

Scruggs, T.E. and Mastropieri, M.A. (2011). Assessment and Intervention (Electronic resource). 

Children, their world, their education. 

Working inside the black box. 

The new accountability: high schools and high stakes testing. 

Effective teaching and learning in practice. 

Visible learning for teachers: Maximising impact on learning. 

Black, P., Harrison, C., Lee, C., Marshall, B., Wiliam, D. (2003). Assessment for learning:putting it into practice (Electronic resource). Maidenhead:Open University Press 

Effective teaching: Evidence and practice. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (2500 words) 70%
Poster presentation and defence  (1000 words) 20%
Self-assessment  (500 words) 10%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (2500 words) 70%
Individual Poster  (1500 words) 30%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

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:

Other

With the expectation that the poster is printed on campus, the programme will meet the cost of printing one poster per group.

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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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