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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)

Module EDUC43230: Self Directed Study - Subject Specific Issues in School-Based Education

Department: Education

EDUC43230: Self Directed Study - Subject Specific Issues in School-Based Education

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2010/11 Module Cap None.
Tied to X6K114
Tied to X7K214
Tied to X5K207
Tied to X5K307


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To enable PGCE students to undertake a detailed analysis of educational research specific to the themes covered by the module.
  • To enable students to research a small scale topic or issue of professional interest or relevance through the use of appropriate research strategies and to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the small scale topic or issue.
  • To explore different types of educational research and the various underpinning philosophical approaches.


  • The content of the self-directed study will arise from the work previously undertaken, particularly in the preceding Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum module, through explicit guidance aimed at making connections between university-based and professional school-based experiences.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • LO1 to demonstrate a critical in-depth understanding of the educational ideas and philosophies relevant to Professional Standards as the foundation of subsequent professional development as teachers
  • LO2 to demonstrate a critical understanding of the factors which affect teaching and learning across a range of generic educational issues of contemporary significance
  • LO3 to demonstrate a a broad understanding of a range of research methodologies and their application to education matters
Subject-specific Skills:
  • LO4 the ability to analyse and evaluate educational research, and the ideas deriving from this research, applied in different contexts
  • LO5 the ability to identify and solve problems in specific educational contexts;
  • LO6 undertake a critical and enquiry-based approach to their professional practice so that it continuously impacts effectively on the outcomes for children and young people;
Key Skills:
  • LO8 to engage in collaborative learning opportunities in their specialist professional field and through collaboration engage in planning for their own further professional development.
  • LO9 to plan, conduct and evaluate small scale academic research empirical and conceptual);
  • LO10 to reflect on a range of educational research literature and to use this in the writing of academic assignments;

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures around a number of specific themes, issues and approaches to small scale educational research with a specific focus on case studies. Group work activity will facilitate a more in-depth student engagement with those themes, issues and approaches, through directed readings and tutorial tasks. The format of lecture and in particular group work exercise are appropriate in enabling student to critically discuss educational research. Assessment in the form of a written assignment will provide the opportunity for students to present the extent to which they have understood and are able to engage critically with the themes and issues covered under the aims of the module.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lecture 1 Lecture during teaching and learning conference 1 hour 1
Seminars 2 During teaching and learning conference 2.5 hour 5
Tutorials 4 Two group tutorials, two individual tutorials 1 hour 4
Preparation and Reading 290
Total 300

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Assignment 5,000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Preliminary summary and outline of the assignment with additional critical bibliography to indicate reading undertaken.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University