Teaching, learning and assessment methods
Knowledge and understanding is taught through diverse study materials including multi media. You will develop your advanced knowledge and understanding through critical, engagement with material provided in the Readers and reflection facilitated by activities in the eLearning Guide. You will undertake a significant amount of your own enquiry-based learning, appropriate to this level of study, including an extended piece of writing. You will have a combination of face-to-face, online and telephone tutor support. A large, critically annotated literature resource bank will provide you with a source of guided independent study.
You will develop your cognitive skills through critical analysis of diverse study materials and apply this at a global level, learning to compare familiar knowledge and concepts to less familiar experiences of children in other parts of the world. Collaborative learning is assessed through a wiki activity which privileges peer experience and draws on these experiences to build a resource that can be shared with other students. Summative assessment is through TMAs and an end-of-module assessment (EMA). The EMA is linked to your chosen specialist area and draws directly on your practice or area of interest.
Face-to-face tutorials, virtual learning communities (in tutor groups) and assignment feedback are designed to build on your academic study skills over the life of the module. You will have opportunities to develop your critical analysis of policy and practice. Key to this will be a developing ability to draw good practice out of theoretical frameworks. You will undertake a significant amount of your own enquiry-based learning, appropriate to this level of study, including an extended piece of critical writing.
Teaching and learning is geared towards the development of professional skills through a critical engagement with policy, analysis of organisational structures and reflection on personal practice. Multi-agency working and inter-professional practice has a central focus. Assessment is constructed so that you can critically apply your knowledge in the context of your own practice. The EMA provides an opportunity for you to engage in an original piece of research which can be shared with professional colleagues and enhance your own and others’ practice.