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EDU8046 : Innovative Pedagogies

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • 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


• The module aims to explore the nature of pedagogic innovation, and why this is needed
• The module aims to provide a number of theoretical frameworks in relation to learning and teaching, and pedagogic innovation in particular, such as the ACAD wireframe (Carvalho & Yeoman).
• 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 challenges identified in pedagogic innovation
• The module aims 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

• Pedagogical frameworks and theories of pedagogical innovation, including Frameworks for Thinking (Moseley et. Al)
• Understanding of the role of innovative pedagogy within education, both within schools and globally
• Evidence-based appraisal of a range of pedagogies and their individual contribution to education and curriculum
• Nurturing autonomous thinking and voice via innovative pedagogies.
• Research and theory related to various pedagogical approaches, and innovative learning environments
• Innovative approaches discussed will include:
Philosophy for Children
Mantle of the Expert
Forest School
Thinking through...
Project-Based Learning
Enquiry Based Learning

• Contextual application of discrete interventions and cross-curricular approaches.
• The role of the teacher within pedagogical innovation.

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

• Students will be introduced to, practice and be assessed in practical and professional skills necessary for successful learning environments.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Poster1M25Presentation - Design and practice of a 20-mins teaching activity based on an innovative approach. Assessed practice in groups of
Essay1M752000 words rationale, and reflective discussion of the teaching activity
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.

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