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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Teaching and Learning in Geography Education
Module Code ES566A
School 76
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Irene White
Semester 2: Irene White
Autumn: Irene White
Module TeachersFrances Leahy
Irene White
James O'Higgins-Norman
Majella McSharry
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Resubmission of assignment

This module will introduce student teachers to Geography as an area of learning in post-primary education in Ireland. Participating in this module will develop knowledge and understanding of how classroom practice meets curricular framework requirements for Junior and Senior Cycle Geography. The module aims to develop student teachers' subject specific pedagogical content knowledge and their personal and professional identities as educators. Student teachers will be supported in becoming responsive and reflective practitioners and confident curriculum makers, through individual and collaborative engagement. The module will explore how practice is underpinned by theory in the context of professional learning. Student teachers will examine the role of inclusive practice and care in the creation of equitable learning experiences for all students. Engaging in this module will advance student teachers' communicative, digital and interpersonal skills and enable them to establish effective and creative learning environments.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically engage with the Junior and Senior Cycle curricular guidelines for Geography, with particular reference to curricular reform.
2. Reflect on their emerging professional identity as subject experts and autonomous practitioners and on their capacity to foster professional relationships with students, parents, colleagues and members of the wider school community and teaching profession.
3. Critically evaluate and reflect on the theoretical underpinnings of a range of methods and resources to support and encourage students to take ownership of their learning through individual and collaborative engagement.
4. Devise and develop differentiated and inclusive teaching, learning and assessment strategies that enable all students to progress in accordance with their potential.
5. Appreciate how inclusive, equitable and responsive practices and content positively impact student wellbeing, social justice and sustainable development.
6. Design learning experiences that support the development of a creative mindset.
7. Explore the role of digital technologies in supporting teaching, learning and assessment for all students.
8. Demonstrate a capacity to promote literacy and numeracy in relation to subject discipline.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Workshop24Workshops where students engage with core module content, participate in and reflect on modelled teaching episodes.
Online activity10Synchronous and asynchronous lectures discussing and engaging with core module learning
Group work15Collaborative lesson design and subject based collegial activities
Independent Study50Individual lesson design, resource preparation, reflection and evaluation of teaching, reading.
Assignment Completion26Designing subject specific learning experiences, including the alignment of theory and practice.
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

Introduction to Subject Specific Pedagogical Content Knowledge
Introduction to subject specific inclusive pedagogical practices through modelled workshops and demonstrations. Explore, develop and reflect on teaching, learning and assessment practices in workshops and online lectures.

Core Values of Teaching and Professional Practice
Development of core values of teaching including care, collegiality, collaboration, relationship building and student-centred learning through engagement in professional learning communities.

The Teacher/Facilitator as Curriculum Maker and Reflective Practitioner
Synthesise key curricular and pedagogical concepts through Junior and Senior Cycle lesson design, implementation and reflection to construct a professional vision of quality teaching, learning and assessment.

Theory and Practice
Engagement with relevant learning artefacts (e.g. curricular resources, digital and sensory stimuli, academic literature, policy documents etc.) to understand the relationship between theory and practice.

Methodologies for Teaching Geography
Universal task design including teacher exposition, concept development, multiple entry points and flexible options for engagement, representation, action and expression; Classroom talk including whole class, small group and carousel discussions, walking debates and jigsaw groups; Applied skills including the use of the key geographical questions of who, what, where, when, how and why; Reading and interpretation skills including a variety of relevant visual stimuli, data sets, text analysis, modelling, targeted writing, reflective journals, newspapers and print media; Digital technologies including visual images, video, animations, Google Earth, Mentimeter, Powtoon and social media; Participative learning methods including group work, pair work, debates and student presentations.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PortfolioThe design of teaching, learning and assessment experiences with research informed rationale and self-critical learning opportunities based on individual and collaborative reflection.100%Week 27
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

  • Biddulph, Mary, Balderstone, David and Lambert, David: 2021, Learning to Teach Geography in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience, Routledge,
  • Butt, Graham (ed): 2011, Geography, Education and the Future, Bloomsbury,
  • Lambert, David and Morgan, John: 2010, Teaching Geography 11-18: A Conceptual Approach, Open University Press,
  • Leeder, Andy: 2006, 100 Ideas for Teaching Geography, Bloomsbury,
  • McInerney, Malcolm: 2022, Teaching Secondary Geography, Cambridge University Press,
  • Rogers, David: 2017, 100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Outstanding Geography Lessons, Bloomsbury,
  • Jones, Mark and Lambert, David (eds): 2017, Debates in Geography Education, Routledge,
  • Smith, Maggie (ed): 2002, Aspects of Teaching Secondary Geography: Perspectives on Practice, Routledge,
Other Resources

54629, Journal, 0, The Geography Teacher, https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/rget20, 54630, Magazine, 0, GA Magazine, The Geographical Association (GA), https://www.geography.org.uk/journals/ga-magazine, 54631, Magazine, 0, Geopoint, Newsletter of the Association of Geography Teachers of Ireland, https://agti.ie/geopoint/, 54597, Website, 0, ArcGIS, Esri's web-based mapping software, https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html, 54632, Website, 0, Association of Geography Teachers of Ireland, https://agti.ie/, 54599, Website, Curriculum Online, 0, Junior Cycle Geography Specification and Assessment Guidelines, https://curriculumonline.ie/Junior-cycle/Junior-Cycle-Subjects/Geography/, 54600, Website, Curriculum Online, 0, Leaving Certificate Geography Syllabus and Guidelines for Teachers, https://curriculumonline.ie/Senior-cycle/Senior-Cycle-Subjects/Geography/, 0, Website, 0, Geographical Association (UK), https://www.geography.org.uk/Why-and-how-to-teach-geography/Why-teach-geography-in-schools, 54601, Website, 0, Geological Survey Ireland, https://www.gsi.ie/en-ie/Pages/default.aspx, 54633, Website, Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT), 0, Geography, https://www.jct.ie/geography/geography, 54603, Website, National Geographic, 0, Teaching Resources, http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/teaching-resources/?ar_a=1, 54604, Website, Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), 0, Senior Cycle Geography, https://pdst.ie/post-primary/sc/geography,
Programme or List of Programmes
PMEProfessional Master of Education
Date of Last Revision01-FEB-12

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