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Archived Version 2021 - 2022

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 2.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module seeks to facilitate students in deepening their understanding of themselves as teachers and learners, and the ways in which their individual and social biographies shape and inform their practice as educators. During their weekly Reflection and Enquiry tutorials, students will have opportunities to engage in informed discussion and critical reflection on emerging issues in teaching and learning in the primary school and key elements of good professional practice in primary schools and classrooms. Throughout the academic year, students build their B. Ed2 Programme Learning Portfolio. The e-Portfolio provides a space for students’ ongoing reflections and key experiences and learnings during B. Ed2.

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop their skills of reflection through creative self-expression and engagement and participation in a community of practice in which they articulate and reflect on their understanding of their evolving identity as reflective practitioners.
2. Reflect on their developing knowledge, understanding, and commitment to the core principles of the primary curriculum and engage in discussion and critical reflection on key elements of good professional practice in the primary classroom.
3. Engage in the process of building their B.Ed2 Programme Learning Portfolio over the academic year, including artefacts and reflections from their work in the Reflection and Enquiry tutorials, ongoing B.Ed2 coursework, School Placement and other artefacts that represent key learning and experiences for them.
4. Reflect on and develop their communication and presentation skills to support their work in classroom and schools as well as their in-course group presentations.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial18Small-group tutorial: Weekly small-group tutorial throughout semester 1 and semester 2
Total Workload: 18

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

Indicative Content
Reflection on and discussion of some of the big issues, questions and themes related to teaching and learning in the primary school that emerge from on-going coursework and from the experiences of students in schools and classrooms. The key ideas of equality and diversity and children’s well-being in the primary classroom will be central to discussions and explorations. - Developing and practicing skills of the reflective practitioner through recall, understanding, application, analysis, evaluation and critical reflection in relation to personal and school-based experiences. - Exploration, through reflection, on the themes of self-identity; influences of prior experiences, the role of education in society and conceptualization of teaching and learning. - Exploration, through reflection, on effective communication and the skills involved in promoting effective pupil learning in the primary classroom. - Engaging with and completing ED2033 reflective activities and tasks during the B.Ed2 Reflection and Enquiry tutorials. - Working on B.Ed2 Programme Learning e-Portfolio throughout the academic year and submitting it for assessment at the end of semester 2. - Collaborating with peers to plan and making group presentations on key course themes and their reflections on these.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
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Reassessment Requirement
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
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