Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Subject-based Pedagogy and Methodology

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Leadership for Learning and Innovation

DESCRIPTION In this unit the students will be able to link their role as teachers in a particular subject or subject area to their role as teacher mentors. They will be exposed to innovative practices in their subject area and expected to show an understanding of how they can transmit the skill of teaching their subject to their mentees.

This unit will comprise of 2 components: an introductory seminar and online learning.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to:
1. Enable students to support their mentees in the numerous challenges they find when teaching: in their planning, implementing curriculum and instruction, and conducting assessment, amongst others;
2. Enable mentors to transmit the necessary skills in their subject to become an effective, knowledgeable teacher;
3. Provide continuing professional growth in specific subject areas for the teacher mentor;
4. Identify and celebrate strength areas in teacher mentors;
5. Facilitate collaboration between teacher mentors and Faculty tutors.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of content and pedagogy in the specific subject area;
2. Employ their background knowledge in the content area to clarify unfamiliar concepts and vocabulary and provide examples in familiar contexts so that their mentee can easily understand and quickly integrate new knowledge or strategies;
3. Identify knowledge of resources and technology which help to design coherent instruction.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Create opportunities for their mentees to be an observer and encourage participation in classroom activities;
2. Explore, together with their mentees, the curriculum material needed to teach a specific cohort of students;
3. Organise the observation of model lessons they teach by focusing the mentees' attention on particular techniques such as lesson introduction, management, pupil evaluation, etc;
4. Discuss with their mentees appropriate topics of study, developing lesson plans and learning activities, selecting and using evaluation procedures, and interpreting learning goals;
5. Critique and participate actively in discussions with their mentees with the purpose of sharing information, providing feedback and support.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main texts:

Furlong, John. (1997) Mentoring and developing practice in primary schools: Supporting student teachers learning in schools. Buckingham: Open University Press.
Fish, D. (1995) Quality mentoring for student teachers: A principled approach to practice. Oxon, OX: Routledge.

Supplementary texts:

Anthony, G., Hunter, J. and Hunter, R. Prospective teachers development of adaptive expertise. Teaching and Teacher Education, Vol. 49, pp. 108 - 117.
Gardiner, W. (2010). Mentoring two student teachers: Mentors’ perceptions of peer placements. Teaching Education, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp. 233 - 246.
Izadinia, M. (2012). Teacher educators as role models: A qualitative examination of student teachers' and teacher educators' views towards their roles. The Qualitative Report, Vol. 17, Article 47, pp. 1 - 15.
Izadinia, M. (2015). Student teachers’ and mentor teachers’ perceptions and expectations of a mentoring relationship: do they match or clash? Professional Development in Education, pp. 1 - 16.
Parker-Katz, M. and Bay, M. (2008). Conceptualizing mentor knowledge: Learning from the insiders. Teaching and Teacher Education, Vol. 24, pp. 1259–1269.
Perry, N. E., Phillips, L. and Hutchinson, L. (2006). Mentoring student teachers to support self‐regulated learning. The Elementary School Journal, Vol. 106, No. 3 pp. 237 - 254.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-Requisite qualifications: B. Ed (Hons.) or PGCE + Permanent Teachers' Warrant

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Group Learning

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Portfolio SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Michelle Attard Tonna
Johann Bellizzi
Charmaine Bonello
Charles G. Bonello
Glorianne Borg Axisa
Leonard Busuttil
Stephen Camilleri
Therese Camilleri
Deborah A. Chetcuti
Brian Chircop
Josette Ciappara
Alessia Cilia Portelli
George Cremona
Doreen Farrugia
Adrian Mario Gellel
Janica Magro
Josephine Milton
Doreen Mizzi
Tania Muscat
Martin M. Musumeci
Mario Pace
Melanie Sammut Casha
Doreen Spiteri
Giselle Theuma
Diane Vassallo
Yosanne Vella
Marouska Zahra Micallef

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