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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course provides opportunities to explore, compare, contrast and critically assess a number of educational theories and approaches to learning and teaching and their relevance and application to their own practice settings. Participants will discuss and review critically issues arising from the application of theory to practice; evaluate the relevance and importance of theories in different practice settings; undertake a negotiated, comparative study of three theories or approaches of individual interest; design (in collaboration with others), carry forward, evaluate and report on a teaching intervention to apply/test an aspect of theory or an approach in their own workplace setting.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Jayne Bruce

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Students will attend a series of virtual lectures and practical workshops including: • Theory into Practice: the Challenge for Educators • Responding to Change: current theories and approaches (6 units) • Educational Theory: Introduction to the online tours • Educational Theories and their Application: delivering change in practice settings • Exploring Theories and Applications for practice. The theories and approaches selected will be chosen in response to the interests and experience of the participants, but the following are illustrative and indicative: Constructivism; Assessment is for Learning; The Critical Skills Programme; Teaching for Understanding; Learning Styles and Differences; Problem-based Learning; Collaborative Learning; Motivation and ICT and Learning.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: Participants will be required to submit for summative assessment: 1 assignment equivalent to a total of 6000 words taking account of different reporting formats. The assignment will require students to review and reflect critically an educational theory (ies) or approaches of their choice, identify, carry out and evaluate an opportunity for development associated with it, and discuss critically opportunities and challenges this development raises in their own practice settings. Assessment will be criteria-based. Resit: There will be one opportunity to resubmit the work completed by the report, as revised to take account of identified inadequacies in the original and 1 opportunity to resit the two hour written examination.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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