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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23

Department: Education

EDUC30130: Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum - Generic Issues in School-Based Education

Type Open Level 3 Credits 30 Availability Not available in 2021/22
Tied to X7K214 Education (Secondary)
Tied to X6K114 Education (Primary)


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • A critical understanding of the models of teaching and learning and their theoretical underpinnings.


  • Research evidence in classroom strategies for effective teaching an learning.
  • The teacher as reflective practitioner; detailed contextualisation.
  • Teaching for understanding.
  • Creative dimensions of teaching and learning.
  • The teacher as active researcher; various theoretical models.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Students will have gained:
  • an understanding of issues related to motivation in learning.
  • an understanding of the nature of a variety of special needs within the school context.
  • an understanding of the key issues related to the creation of a stimulating learning environment.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Students will be able to:
  • critically approach issues related to teaching and learning.
  • identify key issues.
  • examine links between theory and practice.
  • interrogate research evidence related to effective practice.
  • show insight into influences on teaching and learning.
  • explore creative dimensions of teaching and learning.
Key Skills:
  • The ability to:
  • summarise and critique research-based literatures.
  • communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing, to an advanced level.
  • learn independently.

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

  • An intensive programme of lectures, seminars, practical explorations and tutorials.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 10 1 hour 10
Seminars 10 2 hours 20
Preparation & Reading 270
Total 300

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Assignment 5000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Preliminary summary and outline of the assignment above, with additional critical bibliography to indicate reading undertaken.

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