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PPR390: PPR in Education

Tutor: John Foster

Term: Lent

Available to all third year major and combined major students within PPR Department. It will not be available to students outside the Department (i.e. cannot be taken as a minor)

Course Description

This module is designed to allow students to gain experience of educational environments, to develop transferable skills, and to reflect on the role and communication of their own discipline. The module is organised and delivered collaboratively between LUSU Involve, the school/college where the placement is based (henceforth 'the partner'), and the department.

The module will give students experience of classroom observation and experience, teacher assistance, as well as teaching small groups (under supervision). In particular, the module will not only give students the opportunity to observe and experience teaching and learners for themselves, it will also require them to reflect on how their own subject area (Religion, Politics and International Relations, or Philosophy) is experienced by learners, delivered in other parts of the educational sector, and applied in a classroom setting. Students will also be asked to reflect on how teaching and learning at this earlier level cohere with what is taught and promoted at the level of Higher education (as experienced in the University).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Reflect and write about their experiences at the partner institution
  • Reflect on and write about how their own learning, skills, and knowledge acquired at the University have been adapted and applied to their experiences at the partner institution
  • Reflect on their own academic disciplines from the perspective of a teacher as well as that of a learner, with associated new insights into key issues and problems
  • Communicate aspects of their subject (and enthusiasm for that subject) to the partner institution (to both teachers and learners)
  • Articulate new ways of delivering their subject and extending interest in it.

Assessment

Students will prepare a weekly learning log during the placement, and at its conclusion produce a short presentation and a written report reflecting on their experiences and presenting evaluations and recommendations, including ideas on the development of education in their subject at both partner institution and the University. Grade will be assessed on 20% Log book/Presentation combined, and 80% Project.

There will be a maximum number of places available on this module. This will be up to 20, depending on placement availability. If more students apply than there are places, a selection procedure will operate.

Teaching Method

Supported External study placement.

Introductory Reading

Apple, M W Ideology and Curriculum

Barnes, L P, Wright, A and Brandom A-M Learning to teach religious education in the secondary school

Lipman, M Thinking in Education

Worley, P The If Machine: Philosophical Enquiry in the Classroom

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