MA Educational Leadership
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
Theories of Teaching and Learning
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
The course unit will introduce the following content areas:
- Major schools of thought and teaching and learning theory
- Applying learning theories in different social and cultural contexts
- Assessing learning
- Teacher and learner identities and learning theory
- Conceptions of children and young people in learning theory
- Education policy, teaching and learning theory and globalisation
This unit aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning theories and to reflect upon their application in different contexts.
Teaching and learning methods
Knowledge and understanding
- An understanding of major schools of thought on learning theory
- An understanding of key ideas underpinning theories of teaching and learning
- An understanding of educational practices as they have developed in the context of educational institutions, education policy and in different social and cultural contexts
- Critical thinking in relation to teaching and learning theory and its potential application to different learning contexts
- Critically examine theoretical perspectives on teaching and learning theory and the assessment of learning
- Critically examine the implications of teaching and learning theories for young people and teachers in different social and cultural learning contexts
- Effectively contribute to debates about teaching and learning and learning in different insitutional, policy and socio-cultural contexts
- Examine educational practices in the light of emerging understandings of teaching and learning theory
- Examine the implications of teaching, learning and assessment policies, strategies, frameworks and discourses for classroom practice
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Conceptual and analytical skills
- Information handling
- Group working
|Written assignment (inc essay)||100%|
Feedback is available via Blackboard
Bruner, J. S. (1961) The act of discovery, Harvard Educational Review 31 (1), 21–32.
Fox, R. (2005) Teaching and Learning: Lessons from Psychology, Oxford, Blackwell.
Overholser, J. C. (1993). "Elements of the Socratic method: II. Inductive reasoning". Psychotherapy, 30, 75–85.
Piaget, Jean. (1950) The Psychology of Intelligence. New York: Routledge
Pollard, A. (Ed) (2014) Readings for Reflective Teaching (Second Edition), London, Continuum.
Reay, D. and William, D. (1999) `I’ll be a nothing’ : structure, agency and the construction of
identity through assessment, British Educational Research Journal, 25 (3), 343-354.
Rizvi, F. and Lingard, B. (2010) Globalizing Education Policy, Oxford, Routledge.
Skinner, B.F. (1953) Science and Human Behavior, BFSkinner.org.
Tobin, J., Hsueh, Y., Karasawa, M. (2009) Pre School in Three Cultures: Revisited, Chicago, University of Chicago Press.
Vygotsky, L.S. (1978). Mind in society: The development of higher mental processes, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
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|Juurd Stelma||Unit coordinator|
|Michael O'donoghue||Unit coordinator|