In this course, students will examine, analyse, reflect on and demonstrate critical understanding of theory, research and practice of effective teaching, learning and assessment practices. Students will have the opportunity to critically review current research, innovations and practice related to leading edge approaches and strategies for promoting high quality classroom teaching, learning and assessment. In addition, students will critically review current research to inform improvements and innovations in teaching, learning, and assessment in contexts of their professional practice. Effective teaching, learning and assessment will be considered in relation to different policy contexts including frameworks of professional standards developed in UAE and in other countries. Finally, students will synthesize and make links between their professional practice, relevant theory and research related to effective teaching, learning and assessment.
Course outline and introduction Defining teaching and learning
Perspectives on teaching, learning and assessment
Selection of week 6 presentation topic from course outline and support materials
Perspectives on teaching, learning and assessment Required Readings
The importance of the researching teacher
Developing teachers’ professional knowledge and expertise through research
Action research and Lesson Study
The student as a learner - dispositions Learning dispositions and growth mind-sets Motivation
The student as a learner – strategies for learning Learning strategies, practices and preferences Gender and Language influences on learning
The teacher–general approaches
Planning for teaching and learning
Broad approaches to teaching: direct instruction, inquiry-based teaching, dialogic teaching, problem-solving teaching, problem- based teaching.
Hands-on practice: Carrying out research in the classroom Developing research questions, data collection and analysis
The teacher-classroom strategies
Group work tasks and strategies/Differentiation strategies
Fostering independent learning through assessment for learning/formative assessment and metacognition Classroom assessment and tests
Listening to students
Pupil voice, influence and consultation.