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EDUC6404 Assignment 3 PGCE Primary

Module Overview

The outcome of the module is for the student to: Make an oral presentation of their investigation supported by a summary report

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The purpose of this module is for the student to focus upon an issue that is of relevance to their continuing professional development and which is applicable to the preparation of student teachers.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • One ‘whole School’ issue in depth and detail.
  • Conducting research in a school setting.
  • Using appropriate research methodologies to conduct research
  • Producing an oral presentation that could be developed for presentation at conference.
  • Advising others on this issue within a school setting.
  • Presenting on this issue to other trainees within the programme.


The syllabus content will be determined by the Assignment 3 topic which the student is following and the particular aspect that the student identifies for their assessment. Generic content will be aimed at increasing students’ knowledge and understanding of their topic, attention to research methods, how to present and write at Master’s level.

Special Features

This module is only available to students enrolled on an ITT PGCE programme

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is usually by a range of lectures, small group seminars and individual tutorials. Trainees are expected to spend time (approximately 130 hours) researching this assignment as individuals. Guest speakers will be used where appropriate.

Independent Study17
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Hopkins, D. (2008). A teacher’s guide to classroom research.. 

Kincheloe, J.L. (2002). Teachers as researchers. 

Sewell, K. (2008). Doing your PGCE at master’s level. 

Cohen, L., Manion, L., Morrison, K. (2007). Research Methods in Education. 

Bell, J. (2010). Doing your research project. 


Assessment Strategy

This module is not subject to anonymous marking, as it involves an oral presentation and therefore the individual is identifiable.


MethodPercentage contribution
Oral presentation  (15 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Oral presentation  (15 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


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:

Books and Stationery equipment

Costs for this module are noted under the Teaching Modules for ITE programmes. Trainees are expected to read approximately 10 texts for this assignment, but these can be borrowed cost-free from libraries / schools / Tutors etc. (books)

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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