Politics in the Classroom - PO652

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Spring
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6 15 (7.5) DR JA O'Mahony

Pre-requisites

None

Restrictions

Places on the module are strictly limited and are only available to stage 3 students in the School of Politics and International Relations (single and joint Honours); students will be required to attend an interview and participation in the module is subject to a successful DBS check. This mondule is not available to short term/exchange students.

How to register your interest for this module:

You will not be able to register for PO652 through the online module registration process. Instead, you will need to register for an alternative Spring term module, and then complete the registration of interest form stating which module/s you are interested in taking and which Spring term module you would drop if you are successful in gaining entry on to your chosen module. The form is available on the Politics and IR Student Guide on Moodle, under 'choosing your modules' in the Undergraduate Student Section.


You should return the completed form to Sara Witchell, Student Support Manager, either in hard copy, or by e-mail to polirsupport@kent.ac.uk by the end of the module registration period i.e. 24 March 2017.

2017-18

Overview

The module will begin with training sessions for the students in the Autumn term. These will include sessions on the relationship with the teacher, how to behave with pupils, as well as how to organise an engaging and informative session on an aspect of politics drawn from the national curriculum. These sessions will be run by the Partnership Development Office.
After training the student will spend one session per week for six weeks in a school in Spring term (this session includes time to travel to and from the School, preparation and debrief time with the teacher and ‘in class’ time with the teacher and pupils – 3 hours in total). They will begin by observing lessons taught by their designated teacher and possibly other teachers. Later they will act somewhat in the role of a teaching assistant by working with individual pupils or with a small group. They may take ‘hotspots’: brief sessions with the whole class where they explain a topic or talk about aspects of university life. Finally the student will progress to the role of “teacher” and will be expected to lead an entire lesson.
The student will be required to keep a weekly log of their activities. Each student will also create resources to aid in the delivery of citizenship and politics within the curriculum. Finally, the student will devise a special project (final taught lesson) in consultation with the teacher and with the module convener. They must then implement and evaluate the project.

Details

This module appears in:


Contact hours

150 hours including 12 hours initial training and support classes, 18 hours placement time, 120 study hours.

Availability

How to register your interest for this module

You will not be able to register for PO652 through the online module registration process. Instead, you will need to register for an alternative Spring term module, and then complete the registration of interest form stating which module/s you are interested in taking and which Spring term module you would drop if you are successful in gaining entry on to your chosen module. The form is available on the Politics and IR Student Guide on Moodle, under 'choosing your modules' in the Undergraduate Student Section.


You should return the completed form to Sara Witchell, Student Support Manager, either in hard copy, or by e-mail to polirsupport@kent.ac.uk by the end of the module registration period i.e. 24 March 2017.

Method of assessment

20% Teacher Evaluation, 80% Portfolio

Preliminary reading

Information on the National Curriculum: http://www.nc.uk.net
Heywood, A. Politics: A Foundation, third edition, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Geoghegan, V. And Wilford, R. (eds) Political Ideologies: An Introduction, fourth edition, London, Routledge, (forthcoming 2013).
Leach, R. The Politics Companion, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

- Ability to present core political ideologies and concepts as well as key features of both UK and international politics clearly within a classroom setting;
- Students will realize the importance of professional responsibility and will have followed professional guidelines;
- Understanding of the National Curriculum and the role of citizenship and politics within it;
- Knowledge of the organisation within schools and the management of people within them.

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