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IE3E3-30 Introduction to Secondary Teaching in Chemistry

Department
Centre for Teacher Education
Level
Undergraduate Level 3
Module leader
Will Haywood
Credit value
30
Module duration
10 weeks
Assessment
100% coursework
Study locations
  • University of Warwick main campus, Coventry Primary
  • A Warwick Partnership School
Introductory description

This module takes place in term 2 and is specially designed to give you a great taster of life as a teacher
It's led by experienced staff in the Centre for Teacher Education (currently rated 'Outstanding' by OFSTED).

Module aims
  1. To develop knowledge and understanding about the UK education system and what it is like to be a secondary chemistry teacher.
  2. To develop knowledge and understanding about key themes in education.
  3. To provide a professional experience supporting the teaching of chemistry.
  4. To develop key transferable schools through a professional placement.
  5. To develop skills in personal reflection on professional practice.
  6. To relate educational theory to practice within school.
  7. To raise aspirations of school students towards study in Higher Education.
Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

As part of the module students complete a ten day (or equivalent) placement in a school. Whilst on placement students, under the guidance/supervision of an in school mentor will develop their understanding of and support the teaching of chemistry. This will be achieved through a range of activities that may include such as: - lesson observations, supporting lessons, 1 to 1 teacher, small group teaching, and leading part of, or even entire lessons. Students will also plan and deliver an activity with the aim of raising the aspirations of a group of children within the school towards study in Higher Education.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • LO1 Critically analyse and reflect on key themes in education
  • LO2 Critically analyse and reflect on current issues in teaching chemistry
  • LO3 Demonstrate engagement with supporting the teaching of chemistry
  • LO4 Demonstrate professional behaviour and conduct
  • LO5 Critically reflect on practice in teaching physics
  • LO6 Demonstrate engagement with raising the aspirations of school students towards study in Higher Education
  • LO7 Compare practice with educational theory
Indicative reading list

Student Guide to Literacy in Science
ASE guide to secondary science education
Exploring young people's views on science education
Successful science: strengths and weaknesses of school science teaching
Starting science ... again?: making progress in science learning
What successful science teachers do: 75 research-based strategies
Science formative assessment: 75 practical strategies for linking assessment, instruction, and learning
Teaching science: developing as a reflective secondary teacher
Good practice in science teaching: what research has to say
Teaching secondary science using ICT
How science works: exploring effective pedagogy and practice
Science learning, science teaching

Interdisciplinary

Through exploring the teaching and pedagogy of your subject you will consider and build connections between your subject, educational theory, the psychology of learning and cognition and also consider elements of policy, society and sociology.

Subject specific skills

You will develop skills relevant for teaching and the development of practice such as reflection. You will also develop skills relevant to the academic study of education such as analysis and critique. The module will also develop your skills in the pedagogy of your subject.

Transferable skills

Critical Thinking
Problem Solving
Active Lifelong Learning
Communication (verbal and written)
Teamwork and working effectively with others
Information literacy (research skills)
ICT Literacy
Citizenship (local and global)
Ethical Values
Inter-cultural learning and diversity awareness
Professionalism
Organisational awareness

Study time

Type Required
Seminars 7 sessions of 2 hours (5%)
Practical classes 8 sessions of 2 hours (5%)
Placement 75 hours (25%)
Assessment 195 hours (65%)
Total 300 hours
Private study description

No private study requirements defined for this module.

Costs

Category Description Funded by Cost to student
Other

In the UK, anyone working with children is required to have a Disclosure & Barring Services (DBS) check. The Centre for Teacher Education will cover the costs of this, however, you will need to provide the relevant proof of identification and address prior to the start of the module.

Department $0.00
Field trips, placements and study abroad

You will be responsible for your travel arrangements to the placement. Placements are assigned to align with bus routes and opportunities for car share where possible. If this would be prohibitive of you taking the module then contact CTE and we can discuss options for available support.

Student

You must pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group A1
Weighting Study time
Reflective Essay 40% 60 hours

The reflective essay is an opportunity to reflect on your experience in school and use a model for academic reflection to consider how your practice in supporting the teaching of your subject has developed.

Portfolio of Short Tasks 40% 75 hours

A 2,500-word portfolio of short tasks.

Academic Poster 20% 60 hours
Feedback on assessment

Formative: During the course of the module students will have the opportunity to submit up to
two individual tasks towards the portfolio for formative assessment.
Summative: A written feedback sheet and in text comments will provided on the portfolio.

Courses

This module is Optional for:

  • UCHA-F128 Undergraduate MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry with Industrial Training
    • Year 2 of F128 Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry with Industrial Training
    • Year 3 of F128 Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry with Industrial Training
  • UCHA-F110 Undergraduate Master of Chemistry (with Industrial Placement)
    • Year 2 of F110 MChem Chemistry (with Industrial Placement)
    • Year 2 of F112 MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry with Industrial Placement
    • Year 3 of F110 MChem Chemistry (with Industrial Placement)
    • Year 3 of F112 MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry with Industrial Placement
  • UCHA-F109 Undergraduate Master of Chemistry (with International Placement)
    • Year 2 of F109 MChem Chemistry (with International Placement)
    • Year 2 of F111 MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry (with International Placement)
    • Year 3 of F109 MChem Chemistry (with International Placement)
    • Year 3 of F111 MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry (with International Placement)
  • UCHA-4M Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants
    • Year 2 of F105 Chemistry
    • Year 2 of F110 MChem Chemistry (with Industrial Placement)
    • Year 2 of F109 MChem Chemistry (with International Placement)
    • Year 2 of F126 MChem Chemistry with Med Chem (with Prof Exp)
    • Year 2 of F125 MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry
    • Year 2 of F106 MChem Chemistry with Professional Experience
    • Year 3 of F105 Chemistry
    • Year 3 of F110 MChem Chemistry (with Industrial Placement)
    • Year 3 of F109 MChem Chemistry (with International Placement)
    • Year 3 of F126 MChem Chemistry with Med Chem (with Prof Exp)
    • Year 3 of F125 MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry
    • Year 3 of F106 MChem Chemistry with Professional Experience
  • UCHA-F127 Undergraduate Master of Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry(with Intercalated Year)
    • Year 2 of F127 MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry (with intercalated year)
    • Year 3 of F127 MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry (with intercalated year)