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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Reflective Work-based Practice
Module Code ES2120
School 78
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Orna Farrell
Semester 2: Orna Farrell
Autumn: Orna Farrell
Module TeachersOrna Farrell
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
the portfolio has to be re-submitted. Plesae note that learner may have to take additional work-based practice (which they must organise themselves) in order to complete the portfolio.

The purpose of this module is to allow learners engage in a substantial period of work-based tutoring, training and/ or facilitation practice in an educational or training environment, this module links professional practice to the future teaching practice within the programme. Learners will a engage in observation and a focused period of delivery in education and / or training settings. Learners will present a portfolio of learning materials and critical reflections on professional practice based on their work-based experience.

Learning Outcomes

1. Observe and critically review the planning, delivery, assessment and evaluation of work-based learning episode/s
2. Plan and deliver work-based learning episode/s
3. Demonstrate a high level of competence in planning, assessing and evaluation of the teaching/ facilitation of learners for a work-based scenario
4. Identify gaps in own professional practice and suggest ways of improving own professional practice

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial20No Description
Lecture30Work-based placement
Independent Study150No Description
Online activity50No Description
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Theme 1:
The student engages in work-based tutoring/ training practice, which would include observation and reflection by student on work-based tutoring/ training practice. It would involve critical reflection on the application of theory introduced from other modules, such as the Tutor/Facilitator as Reflective Practitioner, Microteaching skills and Classroom Observation Skills, in tutoring/ training practice. It would culminate in the demonstration of acquisition of tutoring/facilitation skills in episodic learning environment, which involves preparation, implementation and evaluation of a tutoring session.

Theme 2:
Portfolio Preparation - Planning (Lesson plans/ Learner needs analysis/ Content and Resource development), Delivery (Teaching strategies/ Classroom Mediation), Assessment (Modes of Assessment) and Evaluation.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Joyce, B & Weil, M: 1996, Models of Teaching, Allyn and Bacon,
  • Cohen, L , Mannion, R., Morrisson, K.: 1996, A Guide to Teaching Practice, 4th Ed, Routledge, London,
  • Good & Brophy: 1996, Looking in Classrooms (6th ed), New York: Harper Row,
  • Slavin, R: 1994, Education Psychology Theory and Practice, Allen and Bacon, Boston,
  • McIntyre & McLeod: 1997, Investigations of Microteaching, Addison Wesley, London,
  • Curzon, L.B.: 1997, Teaching in Further Education, (5th ed), Cassell, London,
  • Maykut, P and Moorehouse, R: 1994, Beginning Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide, London: Falmer Press,
  • Goodlad S, and Hirst, B. (eds): 0, Explorations in Peer Tutoring, Basil Blackwell,
  • Brown, A. and Dowling, Pl: 1998, Doing Research/Reading Research: A Mode of Integration for Education, London: Falmer Press,
Other Resources

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