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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2015 - 2016

Module Title Teaching and Learning in Religious Education
Module Code ES567
School School of Education Studies

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr James O'Higgins NormanOffice NumberCA123
NFQ level 9 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 Religious Education in second-level schools. All students are required to participate in Micro-teaching as part of this module.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically evaluate and critique a range of teaching methods relevant in Religious Education in post-primary schools.
2. Generate student centred lessons which promote effective learning.
3. Critically analyse how students learn and compare and contrast effective teaching methods to support and scaffold this learning.
4. Articulate a critical awareness of a variety of pedagogical theories and practices that enable and enhance classroom management
5. Formulate pedagogically proficient lessons in Religious Education for delivery in post-primary schools.
6. Integrate ICT appropriately and effectively into the delivery of Religious Education.
7. Utilise a variety of differentiation strategies in lesson planning to devise effective and inclusive lessons in Religious Education.
8. Critically evaluate the theoretical and practical implications of choosing and applying a particular research method such as action research or observation in the classroom setting
9. Evaluate empirical and theoretical research in this domain
10. Demonstrate a capacity to promote numeracy and literacy in relation to subject discipline.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36Input and Reflective
Group work12Subject Based Collegial Activities
Independent Study12Research on Emerging Pedagogy
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
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

  • Thomas H. Groome: 1991, Sharing faith, HarperSanFrancisco, [San Francisco], 0060634979
  • Thomas H. Groome: 1998, Educating for life, T. More, Allen, Tex., 0883473836
  • Thomas H. Groome: 1980, Christian religious education, Harper & Row, San Francisco, 9780060634919
  • Cavan Wood,: 0, 100 Ideas for Teaching Religious Education, 978-1847062307
  • edited by L. Philip Barnes, Andrew Wright and Ann-Marie Brandom: 0, Learning to teach religious education in the secondary school, 978-0415420464
  • L. Philip Barnes (Editor): 0, Debates in Religious Education, 978-0415583916
  • Oliver Brennan,: 0, Critical Issues in Religious Education, 978-1853906527
  • DES: 2011, Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life, Dublin,
Other Resources

8340, Website, Religious Teachers Association of Ireland, 2013, Resources, www.rtai.ie,
Programme or List of Programmes
PMEProfessional Master of Education
SMPHSSSingle Module Programme (Hum Soc Sci)