The MA Teaching and Learning is designed to enable classroom practitioners to continue to develop and refine their skills as teachers. The course encourages students to think deeply and critically about the efficacy of their classroom behaviours, how these create particular kinds of learning environments and the impact these have on learners. The course content and structure is underpinned by two key philosophical and pedagogical principles. The first, that the process of professional learning and enquiry is keenly aligned to processes of reflection and the rigorous analysis and interrogation of personal and professional experiences. The second, that fundamentally, learning is a communicative and collaborative process. As such, students are the main providers of (experience-based) data for sessional discussions that seek to further personal awareness into individual practices. Students are encouraged to participate in a lively discourse concerning the meaning of ‘effective’ classroom practice and the ways in which our understandings of such can be shaped by and evolved through attentiveness to, and interrogation of, the wider educational context (including for example educational theory and the various and plentiful policy initiatives).
The course also seeks to (re)position students as being in charge of their own practice, as ‘change agents’, capable of exerting professional agency. As such, students will identify areas of practice they wish to develop and subsequently explore research methodologies which are best suited to affecting personal and professional development as well as instigated organisational change.
This award is part of the Manchester Met Faculty of Education postgraduate Professional Development Programme.
Features and benefits of the course
-The opportunity to discuss and debate practice with colleagues working in similar professional situations. -A philosophically principled approach which values experience as a source of learning and enquiry. -A structure which is easily tailored to individuals’ professional priorities and personal interests. -Flexibility, encouragement and support to use the focus and structures of the award to develop expertise in self-selected areas. -As part of the Manchester Met Faculty of Education postgraduate Professional Development Programme, MA Teaching and Learning students enjoy the benefits and features associated with belonging to a wider community of learners.