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EDUC6347 Learning and Teaching

Module Overview

The content of this module will typically draw on a range of research and will focus on examining various aspects of learning and teaching including: - Personal perceptions about learning and teaching. - Past and current theories/models about learning and teaching. - Theory and research on what is a ‘good’ teacher. - Theory and research on how students learn. - Research on factors that influence learning and teaching at different education phases. The main focus will be on generating discussion about issues related to Learning and Teaching in small groups, drawing on the students’ experiences, their current work/study contexts and a range of research literature.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to engage students with critical evaluation of research and theoretical literature and their implications for practice as they relate to specific aspects of learning and teaching.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of past and current perspectives on learning and teaching and the relationship between the two.
  • Draw on research knowledge and theoretical perspectives about factors that influence learning and teaching.
  • Draw on alternative insights to reflect critically on familiar practices.
  • Be able to critically assess research and theoretical literature and implications for your practice.

Syllabus

The content of this module will typically draw on a range of research and will focus on examining the following: - Personal perceptions about learning and teaching. - Past and current theories/models about learning and teaching. - Theory and research on what is a ‘good’ teacher. - Theory and research on how students learn. - Research on factors that influence learning and teaching at different education phases.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be taught using a variety of teaching and learning approaches. These will include, where appropriate, lectures, group seminars, interactive teaching and tutorials.

TypeHours
Completion of assessment task70
Follow-up work20
Tutorial4
Seminar12
Lecture8
Preparation for scheduled sessions36
Wider reading or practice50
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Scaffolding and Achievement in Problem- Based and Inquiry Learning: A Response to Kirschner, Sweller, and Clark (2006).. Educational Psychologist. ,42 , pp. 99-107.

Macfarlane, B. (2013). The surveillance of learning: a critical analysis of university attendance policies. Higher Education Quarterly. ,67 , pp. 358-373.

Multiple approaches to understanding. In K. Illeris (Ed). Contemporary Theories of Learning. (pp. 106-115).. 

Conceptions and Beliefs about ‘Good Teaching’: an integration of different research areas. Higher Education Research and Development. ,19 , pp. pg 5-26.

Theorising student engagement in higher education. British Educational Research Journal. ,40 , pp. 1005-1018.

The twin-cycle experiential learning model: reconceptualising Kolb's theory. Studies in Continuing Education. ,36 , pp. 257-274.

Christie, M., Carey, M., Robertson, A., & Grainger, P. ( (2015). Putting transformative learning theory into practice.. Australian Journal of Adult Learning. ,55 , pp. pg. 9-30.

Howe, C. (2014). Optimizing small group discourse in classrooms: Effective practices and theoretical constraints. International Journal of Educational Research. ,63 , pp. 107-115..

Molinari, L., & Mameli, C. (2013). Process quality of classroom discourse: Pupil participation and learning opportunities.. International Journal of Educational Research. ,62 , pp. 249-258.

Student performativity in higher education: converting learning as a private space into a public performance. Higher Education Research and Development. ,34 , pp. 338-350.

Towards dialogic teaching: rethinking classroom talk. 

Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching.. Educational Psychologist. ,41 , pp. 75-86.

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (4000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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