|Module Code:||PM9110||ECTS Credits:||5|
Social Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE) seeks to examine and understand communities from the local to the global, their diverse heritages, their complex systems and how people and environments affect each other in the present and in the past. This area of study will explore scientific, geographical and historical concepts and procedures relevant to the SESE curriculum and to the students’ own personal and professional development in the different curricular areas.
The course will focus on practical experiences that will provide the necessary skills and pedagogical understandings that primary teachers will need in order to teach the three SESE subjects of history, geography and science successfully in various classroom settings, urban, rural and multicultural.
There will be a particular emphasis on practical investigations incorporating fieldwork in different settings for all three subject areas.
Areas of study include curriculum content, methodologies and approaches, integration and planning, assessment, resource planning and use of technology in teaching history, geography and science. The study of the Primary School Curriculum (1999) and the associated Teacher Guidelines will be a primary focus of the course.
The course will afford students the opportunity to critically examine their own attitudes and beliefs in relation to the three subject areas together with effective strategies that will enhance pupils’ learning in social, environmental and scientific education.
This module aims to:
- Help students expand and broaden their knowledge of topics in the subject areas of history, geography and science
- Help participants develop a holistic understanding and awareness of the importance of SESE as an area of study within the primary school curriculum and its importance within the classroom, the school and the wider environment
- Stimulate and encourage the students own curiosity and interest in their environment in general so that they support and promote a sense of responsibility and commitment towards the sustainable use of the earth’s resources
- Equip the students with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach SESE in diverse classroom settings with confidence and competence
- Facilitate constructive debate and discussion of the application of innovative teaching, learning, and assessment strategies in SESE
- Develop understanding in students of the basic processes that govern and shape their world and to promote the sustainable use of the Earth’s resources
- Develop understanding in students the concept of interdependence in an ever changing world
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the current curriculum documents and recognise the strands, strand units, skills and competencies that pupils should develop at each level in the primary classroom for each curricular area
- Prepare and write lessons and schemes of work in SESE which demonstrate an awareness of the local and global concerns, and which incorporate a development education perspective appropriate to the primary school classroom
- Explore ways that various materials and resources, including the use of ICT, can be used effectively and safely in the classroom to create an active, engaging, learning environment
- Critique materials for teaching SESE and create and develop their own innovative resources
- Use diverse approaches to become a resourceful teacher and a thoughtful reflective practitioner in the subject areas of history, geography and science
- Explore a range of different environments through fieldwork to support children’s learning in their own immediate local environment
- Demonstrate the skills of working as an historian, a scientist and a geographer
Method of Assessment
3,000 word portfolio