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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST2540 History Students in Schools

20 creditsClass Size: 16

Module manager: Dr Cathy Coombs

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

Pre-requisite qualifications

ALL STUDENTS SHOULD SEEK FURTHER INFORMATION FROM THE UNDERGRADUATE OFFICE BEFORE ENROLLING ON THIS MODULE. Satisfactory completion of Criminal Records Bureau disclosure checks (arranged by the Access Academy).

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS2025Enterprise into Schools
MODL2001Linguists into Schools
PHIL2999Philosophy Students into Schools
THEO2000TRS Students into Schools

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Are you enthusiastic and passionate about the value of learning History and interested in sharing your enthusiasm while also developing your own academic skills and employability? If so, you should consider taking the module, History Students into Schools.The module will give you the opportunity to help students learning History in secondary schools in Leeds and the surrounding area whilst developing your skills as a researcher and communicator within the discipline of History. As you progress through the course, you will get the chance to refine academic skills valuable to your progress within your History degree, such as primary source research, textual analysis and oral presentation, whilst reflecting more broadly on developments in your ability to communicate complex ideas in History to different audiences and age-groups.Students on the module get full training and support from the School of History and the Access Academy. The module will provide valuable work experience for students and may be of particular interest to students who may be considering a career in teaching.


On completion of the module, which includes a 40-hour placement in a school in the region (both observing and assisting with teaching), students should be able to demonstrate:

1. The ability to search and select historical material and present it at an appropriate level and in an appropriate format for a non-academic audience
2. That they have developed their understanding of History through the adaptation of academic resources to classroom teaching.
3. That, as part of their teaching and reflection, they have developed skills in historical research, presentation and explanation valuable to their academic progress in History
4. That they have knowledge and understanding of current issues relating to the teaching of History in secondary education and that they have acquired and developed vocabulary relating to this field.
5. That they can design, record and manage their work in cooperation with an academic supervisor and a member of staff from the outside organisation.
6. That they are capable of preparing, utilising and evaluating methods for the support of the teaching of History in schools.
7. That they have had the opportunity to discuss related pedagogical issues in History.
8. That they can work in collaboration with an organisation (school) outside the University on a project relevant to the needs of the school and to academic study for a degree in History.
9. That they have had an opportunity to tackle a problem/problems of real concern to the outside organisation which have been solved to a greater or lesser degree by applying their energy, knowledge and skills in a concerted and managed way in the time and with the resources available.
10. That they have an understanding of the role of the student tutor in the classroom.
11. That they are able to critically analyse their own experience of tutoring in the classroom.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will:
- have applied their knowledge and skills in History to the classroom
- shown that they can achieve what they set out to do; this will involve negotiating, planning, managing their work, reflecting on its merits and shortcomings, assessing results and drawing conclusions.
- write reports, keep a journal or reflective logbook, create and evaluate resources and give a presentation to a supervisor and peers on their work.

Skills outcomes
On completion of the module students will have developed the following skills:
- Ability to use own initiative
- Communication skills: teaching, working in a school setting
- Creativity: developing and evaluating innovative teaching materials
- Networking: working in the placement environment
- Negotiating: developing the placement working practices
- Problem-solving skills
- Reflective learning skills
- Resource management: planning, developing and delivering learning materials
- Team-working skills
- Time management and ability to prioritise own workload.


The module will consist of a series of training sessions and workshops, including:
1. Searching for Historical material
2. Turning historical material into lessons
3. Relevant policies and procedures in Schools
4. Group 'supervision' workshops
5. Post-placement debrief
6. Final presentation.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours112.00
Total Contact hours68.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will work independently on their reflective learning log, lesson plans and placement. Guidance and support will be available from the Module Leader and in workshops and classes.

- Research
- Preparation of resources
- Preparation of classes
- Completion of online reflective log throughout the project
- Preparation of oral presentation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored by:
1. Meetings with a supervisor who will discuss and monitor progress with a student
2. Workshops
3. Classroom observations
4. Reflective learning log
5. Support from the organisation outside the School of History hosting the placement.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Reflective logFor each workshop/training session. One 2,000 word assessed reflective log to be submitted 12 noon on Tuesday of teaching week 11, semester 230.00
Oral Presentation15 minutes assessment will include submission of a hardcopy (text & any other materials c.1000 words) via the VLE. To be submitted by Monday of teaching week 10, semester 2. Resit for this will be written submission only20.00
ReportTeaching materials/resources to be submitted with a detailed rationale, due by 12 noon Tuesday of teaching week 11, semester 250.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 08/05/2017


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