Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EDUM053: Primary Teaching and Learning Contextual Studies (School Direct)

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Aims

The module will focus on extending the breadth and depth of your understanding of education in several directions, in order that you can develop children’s learning in a number of ways. These include:

  • gaining a deeper understanding of new initiatives  and policy in primary education;
  • nurturing your development as a reflective and autonomous professional practitioner who is able to identify strengths and areas for development in subject knowledge and pedagogy, through evaluating current professional practice in relationship to developments in research and curriculum theory;
  • enabling you to reflect critically on children’s learning and development, pedagogy and teachers’ roles and responsibilities in multi-professional  contexts; and
  • helping you to meet the ‘The Teachers’ Standards’ (2012) at a level acceptable for Qualified Teacher Status, and thus be in a very good position to gain employment as a primary teacher.


Each of these strands is developed throughout the module by practicing teachers and by a University academic.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. identify and evaluate educational concepts and issues related to the teaching of primary education;
2. recognise pupils’ learning needs in the Primary phase and interpret these learning needs in order to plan, teach, assess and evaluate lessons and schemes of work;
3. demonstrate confident academic and pedagogic subject knowledge to teach in Key Stage 1 and 2;
4. demonstrate secure understanding of the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum;
5. engage in critical debate about current educational issues about teaching drawing on evidence from theory, research and practice;
Discipline-Specific Skills6. critically evaluate the relevance of educational theory to practice;
7. synthesise relevant educational literature in support of an argument;
8. use appropriate technologies for data handling and writing in education;
9. present data and findings in a form appropriate in educational studies;
10. use research data in support of an argument in education;
Personal and Key Skills11. manage your own learning development;
12. learn effectively and be aware of your own learning strategies;
13. express ideas and opinions, with confidence and clarity, to a variety of audiences for a variety of purposes;
14. work productively in different kinds of teams (formal, informal, project based, committee based etc); and
15. think creatively about the main features of a given problem and develop strategies for its resolution.