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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2022-2023

Module Description

Please ensure you check the module availability box for each module outline, as not all modules will run each academic year.

Department: Education

EDUC2441: The Evidence Informed Primary Teacher: Enhancing Expertise

Type Tied Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to X101 Primary Education
Tied to X102 Primary Education (with Year Abroad)


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To develop an in-depth understanding of the Primary National Curriculum Framework and the key concepts underpinning primary pedagogical approaches
  • To consolidate a critical appreciation of the Foundation subject delivery in the primary context
  • To explore alternative curricula design and delivery


  • Theories and evidence relating to the teaching, learning and curriculum design
  • Models of teaching and learning.
  • Detailed study of specialism specific areas: exploring work across the Foundation subjects
  • Linking theory to practice; weaving experiential opportunities and research literature.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • A knowledge understanding of the Primary National Curriculum Framework and the key concepts underpinning primary pedagogical approaches
  • The effects of cultural, social, political and philosophical contexts of Education, including education policies, philosophical underpinnings and issues of social justice
  • Methods and approaches suited to the effective planning, organisation and management of the primary curriculum, teaching and learning.
  • Aspects of leadership within Foundation subjects
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Construct and sustain a reasoned argument and provision of well argued conclusions relating to education issues.
  • Critically analyse literature on a variety of contemporary education issues
  • Apply ideas relating to research to educational practice
  • Observe, record and triangulate educational practice to theory in primary schools and classrooms;
Key Skills:
  • Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively in a variety of ways;
  • Work effectively on given tasks and activities;
  • Use Information and Communications Technology in a variety of ways; and
  • Manage time and work to deadlines.
  • Analyse, synthesise and evaluate primary and/or secondary data; apply basic numerical and statistical skills.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Blended learning with lecture presentations, workshops and seminars used as appropriate to support students in developing their critical understanding.
  • Lectures will introduce key ideas and knowledge.
  • Seminars will provide opportunities for discussion and detailed exploration of key issues.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Asynchronous lectures – independent study 10 Fortnightly 2 hours 20
Workshops/Seminars/Tutorials/Practicals 10 Fortnightly 1 hour 10
Preparation and Reading 170
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Portfolio Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Portfolio 2000 words 100%
Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Assignment 2000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Undertaken as group activities (groups of 4 students), resulting in: 1) selected group tasks placed on Duo; 2) presentation to the seminar group on a given topic, with written and oral feedback from peers and tutor.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University

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