EDU8046 : Developing Thinking Skills

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module aims to provide participants with the knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their own and their students’ thinking and learning.

Outline Of Syllabus

• Understanding and developing metacognition, critical thinking, imagination and creativity.
• Nurturing autonomous thinking and voice via innovative pedagogies.
• Research and theory related to individual, international practices.
• Frameworks for thinking.
• Relating ‘giftedness’ and thinking skills.
• Exploring concepts of ‘fixed’ and ‘growth’ mindsets.
• Developing reflective methods.
• Capturing and visualizing thinking.
• Contextual application of discrete interventions and cross-curricular approaches.
• The role of the teacher.
• Thinking schools and organisations.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion147:0047:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture53:0015:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching43:0012:00Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision12:002:00Tutorial
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
Written exercise1M30Rationale for tool - 1,000 words
Reflective log1M20N/A
Essay1M502,000 words
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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