Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM918: Reflecting on Educational Practices

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (1 weeks) and term 2 (10 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Alison Black (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module is focused on experiencing and reflecting on educational practices. The module involves two parts: a series of lectures and seminars focusing on critical reflection, experiential learning and professional development within education; and a set of educational experiences. It allows you the unique opportunity to observe, experience and reflect on practice and to use this as an opportunity for personal, professional and academic development. The module will provide you with the tools to reflect critically upon your  experience of educational practices. You will also be encouraged to reflect on your learning in your experience of educational practices and to consider how this relates to the wider issues, processes, practices, policies and theoretical ideas that you have explored in your academic study.  This module thus strongly supports you in connecting theory and practice.

The educational experience of practice may either: be based on curated digital online activities; take place physically in a place of education; or occur in a virtual place of education.  In the curated digital online activities, you would engage with a wealth of initial resources selected by module tutors to allow you to experience a variety of educational settings, and will build on this independently to develop your own particular focus. You will have the opportunity to search for your own physical/virtual experience, and support in this process may be available from the college  Employability and Placement Advisor.   It is not expected that experiences will take place in the formal school setting. You are encouraged to think about the variety of settings where education might occur and to consider experiences which will challenge your existing assumptions, perspectives and skill sets.

There are no pre-requisites to this module. You may require Disclosure and Barring Service clearance in order to participate in certain physical educational experiences, which will incur a cost. Please see information on DBS here:

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