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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHIL2999 Philosophy Students into Schools

20 credits

Module manager: Grace Lockrobin
Email: G.C.Robinson@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

Pre-requisite qualifications

60 credits of PHIL modules at Level 1.
There is an application process for this module.

This module is mutually exclusive with

ENGL32110Students into Schools
HIST2540History Students in Schools
MODL2001Linguists into Schools
MODL2005Linguists into Schools
MODL3800Linguists into Schools
THEO2000TRS Students into Schools

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will take place over two semesters to give students the opportunity to gradually deepen their understanding of the theory, practicalities and challenges of philosophising with children, and to develop and refine their practice. In the first semester, students will be trained in the philosophy, pedagogy and practice of philosophising with young children through a series of interactive seminars. In the second semester, students will be placed in a local primary school where they will plan, deliver, and evaluate a series of 9 philosophy sessions for children aged 7-11. Students will work in parallel with teachers who have also been trained in the pedagogical approach 'Philosophy for Children' (P4C).

Objectives

By working with philosophical content in a practical context we hope that students on this module will achieve fresh perspective on their subject along with a better sense of how they might use the skills they are developing in the future.

We also hope that this module will boost student employability and entrepreneurialism, offering Leeds philosophy students the opportunity to develop skills and attributes that will support them into work when they graduate - skills such as teamwork, time management, creative project design and delivery. The module will obviously be of particular interest to students who express an interest in working as teachers in the future.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary philosophical, pedagogical, and practical issues concerning the practice of philosophy with children.
2. Critically assess the arguments of writers from both philosophy and education who are concerned with philosophical, pedagogical and practical issues concerning the practice of philosophy with children.
3. Develop, refine and reflect upon their own practice in the primary classroom.
4. Develop, refine, and defend their own positions on a range of issues concerning the practice of philosophy with children.


Syllabus

Semester 1:
Introducing the project, the people and the primary school
Introducing the Community of Philosophical Enquiry
Stimulating Philosophical Enquiry
Children's Philosophical Questions
Facilitating Philosophical Dialogue
Reflection on, and Evaluation of philosophical Enquiry
Consolidating practice

School observations


Semester 2:
Placements in Schools
Progress review workshop
Assessment preparation workshop

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Visit52.0010.00
Meetings42.008.00
Placement72.0014.00
Teaching Observation42.008.00
Seminars82.0016.00
Group learning191.0019.00
Private study hours125.00
Total Contact hours75.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

2 hours preparation per seminar: 20 hours
2 hours write-up per seminar: 20 hours
1 hour personal reflection per observed session: 3 hours
1 hour personal preparation per classroom session: 9 hours
1 hour write-up per classroom session: 9 hours
1 hour contributing to VLE discussion per week: 20 hours
Preparation of essay: 22 hours
Preparation of reflective log: 22 hours


Total 135 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback during seminars
Feedback on observed classroom sessions
Progress review workshop
Assessment workshop


Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Presentation15 minutes verbal presentation including 5 mins Q&A. Assessment will include submission of a hardcopy (text and any other materials) via the VLE.30.00
PracticalLink teacher or placement supervisor provides a final account of placement performance.10.00
Written WorkTeaching material with reflective commentary.60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit for verbal presentation will be written submission only. Resit for written work will be an equivalent written submission.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 11/04/2017

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