Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Themes in Education 1

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Education Studies

DESCRIPTION The study-unit is a knowledge-based and inquiry- led exploration of key educational issues including the development of a teacher professional identity, schools as communities of learning, social and cultural diversity, classroom climate, student-teacher relationships, classroom and school policies of respect and tolerance, and parental involvement. These issues will be explored through keynote lectures, small group seminars, inquiry-based activities and observation and professional development seminars.

Study-Unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to help students:
- discover their vocation and develop their professional identity as educators, and members of a community of practice “which is inspired by values of inclusiveness and the need to nurture the potential of all learners.” (European Union, Commission of the European Communities, 2005, p.1);
- commit themselves to a practice-to-theory approach;
- conduct a structured inquiry, reflection and research on professional issues;
- foster a holistic teacher identity by reducing compartmentalisation of knowledge.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- research and reflect on various educational themes inspired from experiences in off-campus settings;
- identify and appraise the features needed to form part of the educators’ community of practice;
- critically reflect on one's own actions, attitudes and values;
- identify, explore and practice the values of teaching; and
- analyse and evaluate educational and learning issues.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- demonstrate the use of positive interpersonal skills through engagement in different learning environments;
- collaborate with others when tackling specific issues in off-campus environments; and
- analyse and respond to individual differences in learning within the classroom setting.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Pollard, A (2014) (Ed.) Readings for Reflective Teaching in Schools. London, Bloomsbury.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM2 No 30%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Philip Bonanno
Kurt Borg
Maria M. Brown
Michael Buhagiar
Leonard Busuttil
James Calleja
Louis John Camilleri
Louise Chircop
Maria Cutajar
Mary Darmanin (Co-ord.)
Manwel Ellul
Joseph Giordmaina
Joseph Gravina
Jesmond Grixti
Liliana Maric
Karen Mugliett
Suzanne Piscopo
Jane Spiteri
Oswald Tanti Rigos
Francois Zammit

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It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.