TE6674 - Professional Studies: Art, Craft and Design

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of learning and teaching issues and national priorities related to current practice in secondary education. You will learn about the nature of pedagogy and how it is central to your professional practice as a teacher and be encouraged to make links between theory and practice by reflecting on your observations and experience in the classroom. Your learning will be set within the context of contemporary issues such as:
• Equality, Inclusion & Diversity in Education
• Behaviour for Learning
• Assessment: Principles & Practice
• Safeguarding
• Cultural & Political perspectives of Education
• Theoretical Principles, Learning & Children
• Professional Responsibility & Practice

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of university-based and school-based opportunities that aim to underpin professional learning with academic knowledge and critical understanding. Lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops will provide you with opportunities to reflect on your school-based experience and develop an appreciation of the importance of integrating practice and formal theory. Your learning will be situated in your distinct cohort and ‘community of practice’ where experiential, collaborative and individualised strategies will enable you to develop the personal, professional and transferable skills associated with outstanding newly qualified teachers.

The expertise and experience of the Programme Team together with visiting professionals in leadership roles and at the forefront of outstanding practice will ensure your learning is grounded in current best practice. In addition to tutor led sessions you will be directed and supported in your individual study as you seek to develop a critical and well-informed understanding of the nature of secondary education in contemporary society. You will be encouraged to make full use of established social and professional networking tools in addition to the online resources provided by the University to enhance your learning and support your academic and professional development. A central aspect of this will be the utilisation of the eLP

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Successful academic achievement requires a system of robust support and guidance to help you focus on your learning needs. In addition to the pastoral support you will receive, the tutors involved in delivering this module will provide guidance and academic counselling to ensure that you are able to confidently engage with the academic rigour of this module. This dialogue will be face to face in lectures, seminars or tutorials and is an essential aspect of the programme assessment for learning strategy. Extensive support is also accessible online as part of the University’s commitment to technology enhanced learning. This employs the use of the e-learning portal and social networking and collaborative tools.

A central feature of the academic support available to you is the service provided by the University Library. This 24/7 service caters for all your learning needs, has extensive access to electronic texts and tutorials that will directly support the development of academic skills aimed at improving your critical thinking and analytical writing.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues and developments in education;
• demonstrate an in-depth and systematic knowledge and understanding of the purposes, scope and structure of the Secondary Art, Craft and Design Curriculum and school based education, children’s learning and associated theories;

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• demonstrate your awareness of and commitment to meeting the professional requirements of the role of the teacher, including professional values and working in professional teams, professional duties, and the statutory framework relating to teachers’ responsibilities and whole school initiatives;
• demonstrate your ability to monitor, assess, record and report on children in secondary -aged classes then undertake systematic critical self-reflection, within the planning, teaching and assessment cycle.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• demonstrate your understanding of education within a global context, at both a national and international level.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
Diagnostic Task: A short, written response to a given article. (750-1000 words)
The aim of this task is to introduce you to expectations of academic writing on the PGCE and provide you with opportunities to access digital learning materials and receive and respond to feedback that will support your assessed submissions.

Summative Assessment
A written assignment of 2500 words chosen from a range of tutor offered questions that can be tailored to address targets on your Individual Training Plan – this ensures the assignment is is useful as an academic piece but also translates well to your practice based professional development.

You will receive detailed formative feedback to support your ongoing academic work.


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Module abstract

Professional Studies: Art, Craft and Design’ is the module that will help you to fully understand the role of the Secondary subject teacher. You will be guided and supported by the programme team, including partnership staff, as you reflect on your school based experiences and develop an informed perspective as you learn about contemporary issues facing secondary education. Your employability will be strengthened as a result of your learning in this module and you will develop an understanding of how research at the forefront of the discipline supports your professional capacity and effectiveness in the classroom. Annual student feedback suggests that this module impacts significantly on learning and directly supports their evidence towards the Teachers’ Standards (2012) and award of Qualified Teacher Status.

Course info

UCAS Code W1X1

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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