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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

Explore key educational issues as they relate to the developing personal and professional identity of a beginning teacher. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Catriona Macdonald

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • ED2044 From Learning to Teaching (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Students will be required to think, read and write critically about the key issues that influence a teacher’s persona; theories, research and policies that influence a teacher’s roles and responsibilities; and professional practice experiences as a student teacher in a primary school and community setting. They will identify personally held values and beliefs which underpin their model of a highly effective and inclusive teacher, engaging in reflective practice to develop and advance career-long professional learning and expertise.

Students will broaden their knowledge of educational systems, professional responsibilities and their implications for teaching and learning in the 21st century. Professional skills of communication, self and peer evaluation, critical enquiry and reflection will be further developed within a range of learning contexts. Using collaborative enquiry and drawing on new learning, students will be encouraged to challenge personally held assumptions, beliefs and values about effective learning and teaching.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Professional Participation and Commitment (10%). This relates to SITE Aspect 3 above where the students collaborate in Groups on weekly tasks. They self assess each other's professional participation and professional commitment for (5%) of this mark. They investigate the theme of Social Justice and make a final presentation in Week 23 which is peer assessed by 3 members of the class for a further (5%). The tutor overseas the assessment procedures and adjudicates as necessary.

Evaluation of Field Work Experience (30%). This is based on the report written by the supporter teacher during school placement. Written Assignment (60%). This relates to a 3,000 word essay which draws together the course content including school experience. Feedback is given to students by tutor feedback report.
Resit: Resubmission of Written Assignment to overtake failed criteria.

Formative Assessment

Formative Assessment opportunities are provided by tutors giving students' feedback on their personal and professional development targets which they set at the outset of the course in relation to SITE and their Year 1 experiences. Formative Assessment is also undertaken in Weeks 18 or 21 when the students have the opportunity to demonstrate the progress of their preparation for the Group presentation in Week 23.


Feedback is provided by oral and written means for formative feedback and written tutor report for summative feedback.

Course Learning Outcomes


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