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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2011 - 2012

Module Title Professional Skills and Practice
Module Code ES210
School 79

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Charlotte HollandOffice NumberCA106
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to allow learners reflect on their future role as educators or trainers and begin to develop a personal philosophy of education. Learners will engage in a series of lectures and workshops which will promote discussion and critical thought on key themes within the professional development of educators, such as the Reflective Practitioner, professionalism, Korthagen's Model of Teacher Professional Development, Code of professional practice and critical reflection. Learners will reflect on key themes and readings presented in lectures.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify established codes of good practice for educators/ trainers
2. Compare and contrast models and techniques used for reflective practice and reflection on professional practice (such as Schon or Driscoll Models of reflective practice/ Structured Reflection or Korthagen's Model)
3. Reflect on key influences on decision to become an educator/ trainer
4. Critically reflect on own role as educator or trainer, particularly as a reflective practitioner.
5. Identify essential qualities of a good educator/ trainer
6. Develop a personal philosophy of being an educator/ trainer

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture10No Description
Tutorial12Workshops on key themes such as the Hidden Curriculum or Critical writing
Assignment Completion48Reflective components- critical reflections on key concepts introduced in lectures and readings within this thematic area.
Independent Study55Reading/ Independent study time
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

Theme 1
Theory of Reflective Practice - Schon/ Driscoll

Theme 2
Theory of Professional Practice - Explorations of the concept of Professional/ Profession/ Professionalism and how these might relate to professional practice. -- Theory of Ongoing professional Development - Rationale for Continuing Professional Development/ Role of Reflective Practice in CPD

Theme 3
Codes of professional conduct

Theme 4
Critical Reflection, critical anaysis and critical writing

Theme 5
Korthagen's Model of Teacher Professional Development

Theme 6
Hidden Curriculum

Theme 7
Developing a personal philosophy for educator/ trainer

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
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
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) London. Routledge,
  • Good & Brophy: 1996, Looking in Classrooms (6th ed) New York: Harper Row,
  • Slavin, R: 1994, Education Psychology Theory and Practice Boston. Allen and Bacon,
  • McIntyre & McLeod: 1997, Investigations of Microteaching London: Addison Wesley,
  • Curzon, L.B.: 1997, Teaching in Further Education (5th ed) London: Cassell,
  • Maykut, P and Moorehouse, R: 1994, Beginning Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide London: Falmer Press,
  • Brown, A. and Dowling, Pl: 1998, Doing Research/Reading Research: A Mode of Integration for Education London: Falmer Press,
  • Goodlad S, and Hirst, B. (eds): 0, Explorations in Peer Tutoring, Basil Blackwell,
Other Resources

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