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Course Overview

This course introduces and develops the main underpinning principles of the programme, providing a forum for analysis and discussion of education in the practical context of classroom teaching.  A range of issues common to all students as developing professionals will be reflected upon, in particular, issues which have implications for direct action in the classroom such as inclusive practice.  Through Professional Enquiry, it provides students with knowledge and understanding of policy, theory and research in the context of developing professional practice.


Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Mhairi Freeman
  • Mrs Lindsay Macdougall

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • One of MA (Hons) Education (Studied) or Bachelor of Music with Honours (Education) (Studied) or MA Education with Gaelic Studies (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims:
To develop in students the knowledge and understanding of learning and learning styles and how children learn at different
To develop knowledge and understanding of the 3-18 curriculum in Scottish schools.
To develop professional skills and abilities relevant to the professional practice of teaching.
To encourage personal and professional commitment to life-long learning.
To extend and deepen knowledge, understanding and expertise in professional enquiry.

Main Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course all students should be able to:
demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Scottish school curriculum and approaches to learning and assessment;
demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the nature of the curriculum and its development;
draw on relevant principles and perspectives to inform their professional values and practice;
reflect, evaluate, challenge and respond to significant issues in education; demonstrate skills in being an effective collaborative learner;
demonstrate commitment to continuous professional development through reflection and enquiry.

How Students Learn How Children Learn;  
Legislative Frameworks for Scottish Education (including Social Justice and Child Protection) Exploring Difference;
An Inclusive Approach to Supporting Learning Assessment for and of Learning Scottish Curricula;
Exploring Learning through the Primary/Secondary curriculum;
The Reflective Practitioner Professional Enquiry (options relevant to current developments in education)

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 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

There are no assessments for this course.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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