The Geography sessions are designed to enable you to engage in activities which will open up the subject from the viewpoints of both teacher and learner. You will be given opportunities to reflect critically upon current classroom practice and to draw on observation, teaching and research undertaken in schools. Some of the teaching for Geography Education will take place in a school setting.
Our popular Geography course aims to include:
- Lesson planning and planning for progression and differentiation
- The National Curriculum, examination courses and Geography's contribution to the wider curriculum
- Teaching styles including fieldwork and approaches to teaching the most and least able
- Cultivating the imagination and thinking through Geography
- Monitoring and assessing children's progress
- The potential of I.C.T., audio-visual aids and other resources for enhancing Geographical learning
- Geography's contribution to the development of core skills, personal development and cross-curricular themes
You will be based in two of our Partnership schools where you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in a teaching background.
The school-based activities involve structured classroom observations, planning and research projects and practical teaching - the latter starting by teaching individual pupils, eventually leading through group work to full classroom teaching.
Most people have vivid memories of their school fieldwork experiences and not only is it highly motivating for pupils, it plays an important part in the enquiry process. The course features a fieldwork programme in Durham City where you will explore approaches to fieldwork, plan activities in the field and, in the summer support pupils from a local school to engage in fieldwork.
The course is organised as three modules:
- Professional Issues in school based education
- Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum
- Self-directed Study
These modules provide an opportunity to explore, in a more theoretical way, the issues to do with teaching and learning through lectures and mixed subject and phase seminar groups taught as a conference week usually after Christmas. In addition to covering Teacher standards these modules will enable assessment work to be carried out for the award of PGCE.