This module is a one-term placement opportunity that allows you to teach aspects of your degree subject in a local school. Launched to coincide with Kent's 50th anniversary in 2015, it highlights the longstanding excellence of human and social science research and teaching at the University, and the important role the institution has in contributing to the local community.
If selected for this module you will spend approximately 6 hours in a Kent secondary school in the Spring term (this session excludes time to travel to and from the School, and preparation and debrief time with the teacher). Generally, you will begin by observing lessons taught by your designated teacher and possibly other teachers. Later you will act somewhat in the role of a teaching assistant by working with individual pupils or with a small group. You may take 'hotspots': brief sessions with the whole class where you explain a topic or talk about aspects of university life. Finally, you will progress to the role of "teacher" and will be expected to lead an entire lesson. Throughout the module you will be given guidance and support by a local convenor based in your academic school as well as the overall module convenor.
You will be required to keep a log of your activities and experiences at each session. You will also create resources to aid in the delivery of your subject area within the curriculum. Finally, you will devise a special final taught lesson in consultation with the teacher and with your local module convener. You must then implement and reflect on the lesson.
Total contact hours: 12
Private study hours: 138
Total study hours: 150
Suitable as an optional module for all UG courses that fall under the broad remit of being a human or social science.
Method of assessment
Portfolio (4000 words) (80%)
Teaching Placement Assessment (20%)
*Both assessment methods must be passed in order to pass the module*
Reassessment: Repeat only - teaching placement assessment cannot be re-sat.
The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the University's reading list pages (https://kent.rl.talis.com/index.html).
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
Subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1. present core degree subject specific concepts, methods, theories, ideologies, to describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research in the degree discipline, as well as key features of the specific degree subject clearly within a classroom setting
2. *understand the importance of professional responsibility and of following professional guidelines
3. understand the National Curriculum (or school specific curricula for independent schools) and interpreting (however broadly) the role of the specific degree subject within it
4 demonstrate knowledge of the organisation within schools and the management of people within them.
Generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1. maintain effective working relationships with teachers and pupils whilst acting within a team
2. demonstrate effective communication skills, written and oral, both one to one and with an audience
3. make effective use of general IT facilities to support your activities
4. understand the needs of individuals
5. demonstrate effective organisational, prioritisation, time management and negotiating skills
6. demonstrate self-analysis and critical evaluation
7. prepare lesson plans and teaching materials.
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Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
- ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
- The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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