PGDE(P/S) Introduction to Learning and Teaching module (ED41072)

Learn the theoretical and practical foundations of teaching and learning. These are essential groundwork for being a primary or secondary teacher

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You will explore the theoretical frameworks and practical strategies essential for effective teaching.

You will examine educational theories and their application in practice.

There is an emphasise on the integral role of social justice in teaching and learning. In particular, this will concern wellbeing.

You will also explore how theoretical frameworks shape learning experiences for children and young people.

This recognises the impact of factors like access to resources and support systems.

This focus on social justice and wellbeing permeates examinations of teaching practice.

This will guide you to critically assess their approaches in creating supportive learning environments.

What You Will Learn

In this module, you will:

  • apply theoretical concepts to real teaching situations
  • learn to tailor approaches to diverse learners. This will be done through exploring instructional strategies, assessment techniques, and classroom management
  • critically analyse contemporary issues in Scottish education. These include technology integration, culturally responsive teaching, and inclusivity. This is to ensure readiness for modern classrooms
  • explore the principal influences on Scottish education. This includes problems and issues relevant to the profession. You will also look at current, relevant legislation and guidance
  • explore social justice within the education context. You will recognise the role of health and well-being in learning and teacher practice

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • access curricular information. You will also be able to draw from appropriate educational literature and policy. This will inform and sustain your teaching in the relevant stages
  • engage with the main areas of the relevant curriculum. You will do this while using a range of techniques, practices, and materials to promote and support the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical wellbeing of all learners
  • understand the health and wellbeing of learners as a responsibility of all
  • critically examine professional values and personal commitment in teacher practice

Assignments / assessment

  • formative patchwork task 1
    • literature review
  • formative patchwork tasks 2 and 3
    • lesson planning / micro-teaching
  • final written essay (100%)
    • submission includes all patchwork tasks

You will have the opportunity to submit your work at SCQF Level 10 or Level 11.

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

The module is delivered through a blended approach, combining on-campus and online methods.

Sessions include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • independent study


This module is available on following courses: