20 credits at level HE5
This module offers you the opportunity to observe learning and teaching in an educational setting of your choice. You are asked to begin by considering your expectations about what you are about to observe. You are then required to undertake a series of classroom observations where you will make detailed recordings of what you see and undertake an interview with a student and a teacher. Following this you will present a learning journal which will analyse your recordings. Through exchanging your experiences with others, you will have the opportunity to explore previously held beliefs about learning and teaching and examine current theories about education and the environments in which learning and teaching take place.
An important aspect of this module is the requirement that you consider, plan and arrange your own observation placement.
Ethical issues relating to research and enquiry; participant and non-participant observation; writing a learning journal; reflective writing; theories of learning and teaching; schooling and education.
Learning and teaching will be supported through blended learning (a combination of face-to-face and electronic based resources and communications), lectures, seminars and individual/group tutorials as both preparation for, and analysis following the observations. Assessment will be by a presentation of your findings and a summary of your journal to a group of peers and the presentation of your written journal and observation notes
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Be able to articulate potential bias in terms of undertaking a research project||
1a Discuss the issue of researcher bias
1b State own bias in terms of classroom observation and explain the potential consequence of such bias
|2.||Be able to undertake an observation of learning and teaching in a considerate and ethical manner||
2a Justify the approach that has been taken to observing learning and teaching in a specific context.
2b Show evidence of having prepared for the observation sessions in an ethical and considerate manner
|3.||Be able to select the most appropriate method of collecting data through classroom observations||Explain the difference between participant and non-participant observation|
|4.||Be able to write a critically reflective learning journal||Present a journal that is critically reflective|
|5.||Be able to use and cite a range of sources in order to analyse primary data||Present a journal that analyses primary data using the correct forms of Harvard referencing|
|6.||Be able to use creative and interesting approaches in order to present research findings and a journal summary to a group of peers||Present research findings and journal summary to a group of peers in a creative and interesting way|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A reflective journal 2,500 words||Seminar presentation|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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Bartlett, S. (2001) Introduction to Education Studies, London: Paul Chapman Publishing (Chapters 1 and 4)
Ghaye, A. and Ghaye, K. (1998) Teaching and Learning through Critical Reflective Practice London: David Fulton Publishers Ltd.
Gillham, B. (2000) Case Study Research Methods, London: Continuum
Helsby, G. (1999) Changing Teachers’ Work Buckingham: OU Press
John, P.D. Understanding the apprenticeship of observation in initial teacher education in Claxton, G; Atkinson, T. Osborn, M. and Wallace, M. (Eds.) (1996) Liberating the Learner London: Routledge
Kohn, A. (2000) What to Look for in a Classroom, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
Lortie, D. (1975) Schoolteacher; A sociological study, Chicago: University of Chicago Press
Moon, J (1999) Reflection in Learning and Professional Development, London: Kogan Page
Moon, J. (2004) A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning, London: RoutledgeFalmer
Palmer, P. J. (1998) The Courage to Teach San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Inc.
|Host Subject Group:||Education|
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