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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title School Placement 2
Module Code ES439
School 78
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Shivaun O'Brien
Semester 2: Shivaun O'Brien
Autumn: Shivaun O'Brien
Module TeachersShivaun O'Brien
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Students who fail this module must repeat School Placement

Students on this module are introduced to advanced skills across the field of pedagogy in their subject specialism and will become further embedded in the school life.

Learning Outcomes

1. demonstrate an understanding of pedagogical knowledge that is emerging from the most recent research and reflective practice in education.
2. critically evaluate the implications for pedagogy arising out of the challenges currently faced in the profession.
3. engage with and contribute to new insights arising from reflective practice in teaching.
4. demonstrate through a range of specialised skills that they can plan, teach and assess and develop improved lessons in a second-level schools.
5. demonstrate that they can respond innovatively to their practice through the developmenbt of new and emerging techniques in teaching.
6. exercise in an advanced way the extended role and duties of a teacher including as tutor, year head, and pastoral carer.
7. take responsibility for initiating, leading and completing the development of cognitive and personal aspects of individual learning.
8. identify and articulate areas of needed personal and professional growth which emerge out of their teaching placement and to plan for his/her own continuing academic and professional development
9. understand and analyse ongoing interpersonal relationships among students and take responsiblity for improving inter and intra personal relationships in the classroom and the wider school environment.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Professional Practice50Class contact time
Professional Practice50Observation and Participation with other teachers
Professional Practice12Reflective Placement Portfolio
Professional Practice9Consultation with Mentor
Lecture4Placement Supervision
Total Workload: 125

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

Underpinning theories of teaching and learning
Further exploration of traditional and new approaches to pedagogy.

Advanced Teaching Strategies
The procedures involved in structuring various advanced strategies for use in a classroom context.

Adapting to individual difference and specific student need
Adaptation of teaching to cater for inclusion of pupils with diverse needs

Teacher as Researcher
Student teachers become participant observers and researhcers

Micro Teaching
Practising and researching teaching strategies in a peer coaching context

Online Collaborative Research Network
Collaborating in an online environment to offer a peer reviewed critique of use of teaching strategies

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PortfolioSchool Placement Portfolio20%Sem 2 End
Practical/skills evaluationTeaching Practice Episodes70%As required
ParticipationProfessional Development & Critical Reflection10%As required
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 2
Indicative Reading List

  • Cohen,L. & Mannion,R. & Morrisson, K.: 2001, A Guide To Teaching Practice, 5th, Routledge, London,
  • Murphy, D., Walker, R. & Webb, G.: 2001, Online Learning and Teaching With Technology, Kogan Page, London,
  • Reece, I. & Walker, S.: 2003, Teaching, Training and Learning a practical guide, 5, Business Education Publishers, Sunderland,
  • Ann Lambros: 2004, Problem-based learning in middle and high school classrooms, Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 0761938478
  • Walsh, B. & Dolan, R.: 2009, A Guide to Teaching Practice in Ireland, Gill and MacMillan, Dublin, 9780717145119
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
PDEProfessional Diploma in Education

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