Module Catalogue 2024/25

EDU8046 : Innovative Pedagogies

EDU8046 : Innovative Pedagogies

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alison Whelan
  • Lecturer: Dr Pamela Woolner
  • Deputy Module Leader: Prof. David Leat
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

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This module aims to explore the nature of pedagogic innovation, and why this is needed, examining a number of theoretical frameworks in relation to learning and teaching, and pedagogic innovation in particular. In the module students will explore the role of reflection and meta-awareness and critical consciousness in learners and teachers. The module aims to identify some of the main opportunities and challenges identified in pedagogic innovation.

The module makes use of a collaborative groupwork approach to provide participants with experience, knowledge and understanding of a range of innovative pedagogies, and the skills to begin to use these in their own teaching and learning activities.

Outline Of Syllabus

• Understanding of the role of innovative pedagogy within education, both within schools and globally
• Evidence-based appraisal of a range of pedagogical frameworks and theories and their individual contribution to education and curriculum
• Research and theory related to various pedagogical approaches and innovative learning environments, including considering the role of the teacher within pedagogical innovation
• Contextual application of discrete interventions and cross-curricular approaches

Innovative approaches discussed will include:
Philosophy for Children
Mantle of the Expert
Forest School
Thinking through...
Project-Based Learning
Enquiry Based Learning

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students will have:
• developed their understanding of relevant literature and theories in the field of innovative pedagogy;
• developed their capacity to reflect on their professional practice in the light of relevant theory;
• have further developed skills to respond to the individual learning needs of students
• enhanced their understanding of innovative pedagogy and the challenges related to this;
• gained insights into their own teaching and learning styles and appraise the role of the teacher in enhancing student learning and thinking
• further developed the knowledge and skills necessary to develop successful pedagogical innovation in their own context

Intended Skill Outcomes

Subject-specific or Professional Skills – participants will gain practical and professional skills related to innovative pedagogy
Cognitive or Intellectual Skills – participants will gain skills to interpret, analyse, and appraise theoretical and policy developments in the field and critically consider implications for practice
Key Skills – participants will gain enhanced communication, interpersonal and organisational skills relevant to their professional roles and contexts

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion147:0047:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture93:0027:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching13:003:00Seminar: project presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00Synchronous-online drop-ins, before presentations, to review presentations & prepare for assignment
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1120:00120:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module is to be taught as weekly workshop sessions. The materials for sessions will be on Canvas. There is a practical element to each workshop, with opportunities for collaborative groupwork and practical application of each innovative pedagogical approach.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Poster1M25Academic poster demonstrating a reflection on a planned collaborative teaching activity, trialled with a group of 10-15 students. This would be equivalent to 2000 words.
Essay1M75A 2000 word essay providing a reflective discussion and rationale for the use of innovative pedagogies, inclusive of their successes and challenges.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Participants will:

• gain enhanced communication skills, interpersonal skills and organisational skills relevant to their professional roles and contexts;

• demonstrate ability to interpret, analyse, and appraise international perspectives on successful thinking and learning;

• reflect upon the practical and professional skills necessary for successful learning environments;

• enhance their personal capacity for and understanding of reflective learning practices;

• critically consider implications for practice in their own context.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

Original Handbook text:
The module aims to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance your own and your students’ thinking and learning. You will develop your understanding of relevant literature and theories in the field of thinking skills. There will be opportunities to discuss and reflect on the relevance of these theories for your culture and context, for your professional practice and for the enhancement of student learning and thinking.

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