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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM325: Aspirational Practice For Early Career Teachers

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following key areas:

  • Exploring your own teaching beliefs, values and what it means to be a professional teacher
  • Using reflective tools with colleagues to enhance self-regulatory practice
  • Interpreting research and the use of research methods within the classroom context
  • Understanding your NQT position within the school context
  • Consideration of your NQT potential for continued professional development and aspirations
  • Understanding what constitutes good learning and teaching: promoting engagement and authentic learning experiences
  • Engaging in creative approaches to enable and facilitate progression of pupils’ learning
  • Enhance your understanding of how to use informal learning to improve pupils’ educational development
  • Better understanding of and use of assessment practice
  • Promoting student autonomy
  • Embracing diversity – inclusive classroom (being responsive to need: matching the needs of learners and supporting pupils in developing self-regulatory skills).
  • Managing the learning environment (how to organise the classroom environment – groupings of students and relevance of task to organisational groupings; behaviour management as an integral element of planning and delivery; developing personal and group relationships; etc)

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities18Face-to-face 6 x 3 hours sessions including seminars and small group tutorials (Blended) held over three days with equivalent on-line provision for distance students (Distance)
Guided independent study52Directed study: preparatory work for taught sessions including directed reading tasks
Guided independent study 35 Reading related to formative and summative assignments and topics discussed in the module
Guided independent study 50 Independent Study using online directed tasks to study key aspects of teaching and learning
Guided independent study 60 Work based learning: Planning, teaching and assessment related to aspects of your practice that you wish to improve.
Guided independent study20Contributions to online discussions
Guided independent study 65Preparation of a presentation and portfolio with accompanying critical commentary.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).