Welcome to Con-Ed at the Castle!
The Con-Ed program at the BISC provides a unique opportunity to learn in an international context. In addition to your regular courses, you will complete a practicum based in a UK school giving you insights into the education system of the UK. The practicum is supplemented with PROF110, a course designed to further your knowledge and understanding of teaching and to give you a context to reflect and develop your practicum experience.
Running alongside the Practicum placements in schools, the course will explore both policy and practice, with an emphasis on reflective and critical thinking through students’ creation of a professional portfolio of reflections and resources
Education theory and pedagogy will be explored through a variety of government policy documents and academic resources. Weekly themes will explore topics including equity, diversity and inclusion; behaviour management; curriculum and differentiated lesson planning; assessment; and ethics. The course will foster students’ consideration of their own pedagogical beliefs and professional values, and will encourage them to back these up with personal observations and scholarly evidence.
Through PROF110, students should become more thoughtful, questioning, critical and professional observers of both pupils and classroom practitioners, developing a perspective on the classroom ‘from the other side of the desk’.
Intended Learning Outcomes
- Explore the foundations and aims of education, different perspectives on how children should be educated and the many roles of teachers in elementary and secondary school, in order to begin to understand your own role as teacher.
- Examine fundamental questions, theories and concepts central to schooling and education, becoming more reflective about the core principles of the profession.
- Reflect on elements of your own teaching identity and pedagogical philosophy, and begin to express these with support from professional and academic sources.
- Implement critical and reflective thinking skills, prepare for practicum experiences and participate in collaborative inquiry, becoming an active participant as both teacher and learner.