Aberystwyth University has a long tradition in teacher training in Geography. The course aims to give trainee teachers the confidence and skills needed to become successful teachers of Geography. It provides a firm foundation in understanding the teaching and learning process which is essential for the development of excellent professional classroom skills and high teaching standards. Trainees are introduced to a range of essential teaching skills such as lesson planning and preparation, questioning, explaining, marking of work, preparing resources, teaching map skills, classroom management and control strategies in order to produce lively, enthusiastic and creative teachers of Geography. ICT provides opportunities to enhance delivery in the classroom and features as an important element of the course.
The course is designed to prepare trainees to teach Geography in the National Curriculum at KS3, KS4 and post-16 to include AS and A2 courses. The National Curriculum and examination specifications guide the teaching that takes place in schools but they do not put the subject into a strait-jacket but allow teachers the opportunity to involve and motivate pupils in a meaningful way.
Trainees are expected to participate actively in this course, for example delivering micro lessons, creating resources, fieldwork, thinking skills and creating new ideas for teaching Geography. On occasions, practising teachers are invited to share their skills and expertise with trainees.
Learning to Teach 1: Introduction to Teaching Skills
The Learning to Teach 1 module has been designed to meet the expectations of Welsh Assembly Government Circular No: 017/2009, DCELLS Becoming a Qualified Teacher: Handbook of Guidance (2009). Within this module trainees will be required to demonstrate a grasp of the subject content as well as policies and issues pertinent to the planning, teaching and assessment of their main subject method. Trainees will also be introduced to the planning, teaching and assessment of a second subject method (where relevant).
Learning to Teach 2: Development of Teaching Skills
The Learning to Teach 2 module has been designed to meet the expectations of Welsh Assembly Government Circular No: 017/2009, DCELLS Becoming a Qualified Teacher: Handbook of Guidance (2009). Within this module trainees will be required to demonstrate a confident and sound grasp of the subject content as well as policies and issues pertinent to the planning, teaching and assessment of their main subject method. This module provides a consolidation to the theory and practice of teaching in the secondary school through main subject method work and practical teaching. Trainees will also be guided further to the planning, teaching and assessment of a second subject method (where relevant).
PGCE (Secondary): Professional Studies
This module will principally address the role of the `reflective teacher? within the context of continuing professional development. It will focus on getting trainees to take increasing responsibility for their own professional development. This module gives trainees the opportunity to explore in depth an area of study related to the education of learners in Secondary schools. Furthermore, the module provides opportunity to explore, examine, analyse, and critically evaluate selected factors that contribute to effective teaching and learning.
PGCE - Geography
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