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Unit information: Educational and Professional Studies School Investigation in 2021/22

Unit name Educational and Professional Studies School Investigation
Unit code EDUC30034
Credit points 0
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Ms. Bailey
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims


This unit allows student teachers to use their practical experience in schools to research a particular professional issue of their own choice. Student teachers are assessed and receive feedback on their progress in teaching at four points during the PGCE programme. This unit is designed to enable them to develop and reflect on an issue which has arisen from that feedback. The assessment of teaching is based on the 8 Teachers’ Standards ( and student teachers should have a range of experiences whilst in school which enable them to meet the Teachers’ Standards. They will select an issue to research which will help them meet the Teacher’s Standards successfully. This unit promotes evidence and research-based practice to achieve this. It provides opportunities for working with other professionals in school and in other subject areas


This unit aims to enhance student teachers’ progress in practical teaching by setting it in the context of whole school issues. It aims to provide student teachers with opportunities to reflect on their own teaching through research in school, as well as in dialogue with relevant professionals. They will engage with a range of appropriate literature in order to analyse their findings and to gain a deeper understanding of their chosen educational issue. The unit aims to help student teachers demonstrate progress in their practical teaching and gain further evidence for meeting the Teachers’ Standards.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Student teachers will be able to:

  • Plan investigations of practice in school based on their own development and reflection on feedback;
  • Carry out small-scale research in a school context, using appropriate research methods;
  • Use ideas from a wide range of professional literature to develop their own thinking and practice;
  • Understand key educational issues which arise in their practice;
  • Work with other professionals collaboratively;
  • Present well-structured and clearly presented accounts of their investigations;
  • Begin to take responsibility for their continuing professional development as a teacher, by reflecting on their own development.

Teaching Information

Students will attend a programme of lectures and seminars spread across the year, which may be online or face to face. While university-based there will be a formal programme of online lectures and activities, and while school-based they will take part, weekly, in small seminars led by a member of staff. They will carry out a series of formative tasks which will lead to them making a choice of a topic for formal assessment. The school-based element will be moved to online delivery in the event of further school closures.

Assessment Information

Student teachers will draw on their reading and research in school in order to critically evaluate the effectiveness of a particular issue in their own teaching and in the wider school context. They will produce the equivalent of a 1500-word assignment which will consist of a variety of components, including a literature review, an investigation of key educational issues and a reflective summative evaluation of their own development in light of their findings. In the event of school closures, the research will happen online and the presentation could be online or a recorded powerpoint. ILOs 1-7


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. EDUC30034).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.