This module introduces students to a range of issues faced by beginning teachers in the early part of their careers. We focus on key areas pertinent to the skills, topics and issues that teachers need to critically engage with. Students have the opportunity to critically reflect upon these areas from a UK and international perspective.
Module will run
Semester 2 2023-24
This module will explore some of the key issues in teaching facing beginning teachers in the early part of their career.
Module learning outcomes
A critical understanding of government policy in the light of educational theory and reflections on teaching practice, with particular reference to: equity; pupil motivation and behaviour; and learning, assessment and target setting.
A critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the structure and content of the national curriculum.
A critical understanding of practice in selected aspects of teaching, learning and assessment in curriculum areas.
A critical understanding of the nature of professional development with respect to teaching.
Academic and graduate skills
Able to critically analyse and communicate theoretical frameworks and research findings.
Aware of issues concerning the collection and interpretation of research data.
Able to identify relevant research literature.
Able to develop and make use of ICT skills.
Teacher Satisfaction and Motivation
Learning Outside the Classroom
Sexual Violence in Schools
Helping Troubled Pupils
% of module mark
Special assessment rules
Additional assessment information
Assessment - Information.
An essay of 3,500 words in length on a topic covered in the course or negotiated with the tutors.
% of module mark
Students will receive written feedback on their summative assessments. The feedback is returned to students in line with university policy. Please check the Guide to Assessment, Standards, Marking and Feedback for more information.
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Johnston, J., Halocha, J., & Chater, M. (Eds.). (2007). Developing teaching skills in the primary school. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Huddleston, P., Abbot, I., Brooks, V. (2012). Preparing to teaching in secondary schools: a student teacher's guide to professional issues in secondary education. Maidenhead. OUP
Muijs, D., Reynolds, D. (2010). Effective Teaching: evidence and practice. Thousand Oaks, CA. Sage Publications.