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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2011 - 2012

Module Title School Placement
Module Code ES538
School 78

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr Brendan WalshOffice NumberCA122
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module is aimed at facilitating student teachers in developing as reflective practitioners

Learning Outcomes

1. demonstrate a systematic understanding of the theories of reflective practice as they apply to classroom teaching in a second level school
2. apply the concepts of reflective practice in the contect of classroom teaching in a second level school
3. Demonstrate a competence in the core teaching skills identified during the laboratory skills phase of the programme including planning, implementation, assessment and evaluation of a series of classes in their subject specialism
4. Initiate and sustain professional relationships with students, parents and colleagues
5. take responsibility for the work of individual pupils and groups;
6. lead and initiate teaching and learning activities among second level pupils

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Professional Practice50Class Contact Time
Professional Practice50Observation and Participation with Other Teachers
Professional Practice12Reflective Teaching Practice Portfolio
Professional Practice9Consulation with Mentor Teacher
Lecture4Teaching Practice 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 Reflective Practice
Introduction to Models of Reflective Practice

Theory and Practice of Enquiry
Methods of Enquiry in Action Research and Appreciative Enquiry

Teaching & Learning
Constructing a lesson plans

Teaching & Learning
Assessing Learning

Teaching & Learning
Evaluating Professional Practice

Classroom Context
Planning for Diversity in Learning

Improving Knowledge in the Field
Cycle of Learning and reflective practice

Advanced Teaching Skills
Developing, implementing and reflecting on junior and senior cycle classroom teaching

Critical Evaluation
Learning to receive constructive feedback with Superivsors and Mentor Teachers

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

  • Louis Cohen, Lawrence Manion and Keith Morrison: 0, A guide to teaching practice, 5th, Routledge, London, 0415306752
  • Karen F. Osterman, Robert B. Kottkamp: 2004, Reflective practice for educators, Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 9780803968011
  • Walsh, B., Dolan, R.: 2009, Guide to Teaching Practice in Ireland, Gill and MacMillan, Dublin, 9780717145119
  • Renehan, C.: 2006, Different Planets: Gender Differentials and Teahcing Practice, Liffey, Dublin, 9781905785162
  • Geoffrey E. Mills: 2000, Action research, a guide for the teacher researcher, Merrill, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 0137720475
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
PMEProfessional Master of Education
SMPACESingle Module Programme (ACE)