Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Themes in Education 2

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Inclusion and Access to Learning

DESCRIPTION The study-unit is a knowledge-based and inquiry- led exploration of key educational issues including low incidence and high incidence disabilities. challenging behaviour, working in teams with professionals complementary to teaching, language across the curriculum and teaching through L2, and promoting a sustainable society. 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 as members of a community of practice;
- provide an authentic experience in the natural setting of classrooms and schools;
- draw on diverse knowledges systematically, bringing them to bear on issues of pressing importance;
- create a space for a structured inquiry, reflection and research process;
- foster the concept of learning journeys and development of professional identities of becoming.

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;
- critically reflect, personally and with other students, on social and educational issues related to educational communities;
- identify and explore the values of teaching through first-hand engagement in schools and classrooms;
- analyse and evaluate, personally and with other students, educational and learning issues experienced in educational communities;
- consider various consequences when dealing with particular issues relevant to teaching.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- collaborate with other professionals working in schools and other educational settings;
- participate in various school and community initiatives promoting life-long learning and personal growth;
- document reflections and constructive feedback from others about educational experiences in reflective diary entries.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text:

Study-unit reading pack (provided by the Faculty).

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 Yes 30%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Zoi Arvanitidou
Karen Buttigieg
Colin Calleja (Co-ord.)
Patrick Camilleri
Mario Cutajar
Manwel Ellul
Joseph Gravina
Francois Mifsud
Tonio Carmel Pace
Mario Testa
Joseph Vancell
Diane Vassallo

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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 2021/2. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.