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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Special Methods CSPE
Module Code ES468A
School 71
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Majella McSharry
Semester 2: Majella McSharry
Autumn: Majella McSharry
Module TeachersMajella McSharry
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To equip student teachers with the ability to define, create and maintain an effective learning environment. To introduce students to contemporary approaches in a range of teaching & learning skills. To develop confidence in a range of initial teaching skills through reviews, analysis, demonstration, peer coaching and guided feedback To provide students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the content and assessment methodology of the Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle curricula in CSPE in second-level schools. All students are required to participate in Micro-teaching as part of this module.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the content, methodology and assessment techniques of the Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle syllabus in CSPE as taught in second-level schools
2. Map an appropriate teaching scheme for the Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle Syllabus in CSPE as taught in second-level schools.
3. Articulate and relate the appropriate teaching methods and specific challenges in delivering CSPE as taught in second-level schools.
4. Design a range of resources appropriate for use in the teaching CSPE as taught in second-level schools.
5. Work in collegiality with colleagues in the interests of sharing, promoting, developing and supporting best professional practice in the teaching of CSPE in second level schools.
6. Facilitate and supervise Junior Cycle Action Projects and Course Work Assessment Booklets

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36Input and Reflective
Group work12Subject Based Collegial Activity
Independent Study12Research on Emerging Pedadogy
Independent Study65Reflection and Research Related to Experience
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

Yearly Scheme of Work
Junior Certificate

Yearly Scheme of Work
Leaving Certificate

Yearly Scheme of Work
Leaving Certificate Applied

Lesson Planning
Aims and Objectives

Assessment for Learning
Evaluation and Assessment

Participative Learning
Group Work

Participative Learning
Pair Work

Participative Learning
Role Play

Questioning for Learning
Lower Order Questioning

Questioning for Learning
Higher Order Questioning

Teacher Exposition

Concept Development

Teaching Texts

Varying Stimuli

Micro Teaching

Curriculum and Resources
Exploration and Analysis of Syllabi

Curriculum and Resources
Exploration and Development of Resources

Curriculum and Resources
Special Education and Diversity

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentReflective Practice Paper100%Sem 1 End
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

  • Banks, J.: 1997, Educating Citizens in a Multicultural Society, London: Teachers College Press,
  • Jeffers, G. and O’Connor, U.: 2008, Education for Citizenship and Diversity in Irish Contexts, Dublin: IPA,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
PDEProfessional Diploma in Education

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