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Subject Study – History

Study of History enhances the intellectual formation of the student teacher and facilitates the development of their curriculum leadership capacity.

Students also learn both a practical and a theoretical basis for understanding how best to teach History in the classroom, enabling them to integrate their learning of History with their professional development as teachers.

The first-year History programme focuses on twentieth-century American History.

In the second year the course examines Modern European History from 1914 to 1989, a study which helps students acquire a more discerning approach to the modern world and a meaningful background to their European citizenship.

In year three, one module looks at aspects of Irish and English History from 1845 to 1939 and the second explores the period of the Northern Ireland Troubles, 1964-1998, a crucial period in Irish History. This is intended to familiarise students with the main political, social and economic developments in Ireland and Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and to contribute to their understanding of contemporary society and current problems in these countries.

students at History lesson

Education Studies

This aspect of the programme enables the development of the professional knowledge and understanding underpinning successful teaching. The modules address a wide range of topics such as: philosophical perspectives on learning and teaching; child development and psychology; the curriculum in schools; Safeguarding and Children’s Rights; the social aspects of schooling; principles of effective teaching and learning; issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion; and the education of children who experience Special Educational Needs.

Professional Development and School Experience

This element helps students connect theories with real-life experiences by encouraging them to think about and learn from what they do. Each year, students are asked to demonstrate increasing levels of proficiency in the classroom in line with the GTCNI teaching competence framework. Students are provided with opportunities to teach children of varying ages and abilities in a range of different contexts. There are also opportunities for students to choose options through which they may gain experience of teaching in the nursery and/or special school sectors. Students must be successful in School Experience each year in order to proceed to the next stage of the course.

Key Skills

There is a strong emphasis across the BEd Programme on the areas of Literacy, Numeracy, and Using ICT, along with the practical application and development of these areas to practice during School Experience.

Curriculum Studies

Modules within this strand of the programme involve the study of teaching strategies and modes of learning for all areas of the Northern Ireland Curriculum.

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