BSc Education / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Pedagogic Practices in Education

Course unit fact file
Unit code EDUC24042
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


The course will cover the following areas:

  • Learning theories from psychological and sociological perspectives
  • The practical application of these theories of learning as pedagogies in classroom contexts
  • Historical and contemporary education policies that have informed pedagogic practices nationally and internationally
  • A critical evaluation of how pedagogies shape learning and educational outcomes for learners from diverse backgrounds


This unit aims to:

  • Explore, with students, key psychological and socio-cultural theories of how learners learn at different stages of primary (elementary) and secondary education.
  • Examine how these theories are reflected practically in pedagogic approaches in classrooms in England and other educational contexts around the world
  • Understand how political, cultural and socio-historical contexts shape pedagogic approaches
  • Develop skills to apply different pedagogic approaches into their own practice
  • Critically evaluate how different pedagogies impact on learning for students from diverse backgrounds.  

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate an understanding of theory and literature sources related to different learning theories and their corresponding pedagogic practices
  • Provide balanced arguments to evaluate different pedagogies based on theoretical and practical understanding.
  • Demonstrate an enhanced appreciation of pedagogic approaches from different perspectives  ( e.g. students/teachers/schools )
  • Critically reflect on how political, cultural and socio-historical contexts shape pedagogic approaches

Intellectual skills

  • Demonstrate their ability to critically apply key ideas associated with learning theories and their corresponding pedagogies
  • Critically evaluate different pedagogies to include an understanding of different perspectives ( e.g. students/teachers/schools )within the learning process
  • Reflect on pedagogic approaches in a variety of contexts and in relation to inclusive practices to meet the needs of learners from diverse backgrounds

Practical skills

  • Evidence planning, execution and evaluation of a short sequence of learning using different pedagogic approaches
  • Contribute effectively to discussions about pedagogic approaches
  • construct an effective presentation

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Access and utilise appropriate digital resources to obtain relevant information.
  • work collaboratively to plan and evaluate different pedagogic approaches
  • Independent working skills

Teaching and learning methods

The course will blend tutor-led input in seminars with group work which is largely student-led. Group work, including presentations, will provide opportunities to explore and evaluate, as critical peers, the practical application of the theoretical principles examined in the sessions.  

Assessment methods

Assessment task Word length Weighting

Individual presentation  (e.g. PPT, Vlog,  Blog or Poster) of a short sequence of teaching, planned and resourced to reflect one or more specific pedagogies in practice.

1000 or equivalent 25%

Critical reflection and evaluation of two specific pedagogies. 

2,500 75%


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Fieldwork 24
Tutorials 6
Independent study hours
Independent study 170

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Louisa Dawes Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Activity Hours allocated
Lectures and tutorials 30
Directed reading 70
Independent reading 25
Assessed work 75
Total 200


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