Reflection on Practice

MQF Level: 6

ECTS Value: 8 ECTS

Duration: 16 Sessions

Contact Hours: 5

Practice Hours: 150

Self Study Hours: 40

Assessment Hours: 5


Module Description

For this module, the course participant will participate in a 6-week practice placement and will have opportunities for self-reflection about the everyday teaching and learning experience. Consequently, analysis and evaluation of methodologies used will lead to the upgrading of techniques adopted to scaffold learning in an improved manner and on a more personalised level for the child. Evaluation of own practices will be the basis of an action research approach to this module.

Overall Objectives and Outcomes

By the end of this module, the learner will be able to:


a) Develop a secure environment in which learners can make mistakes and continue to scaffold and proceed in their learning journey; 

b) Create an atmosphere in class in which the well-being of each learner can be perceived; 

c) Employ assessment for learning strategies within their teaching;

d) Support and assess learners in their learning;

e) Manage learners’ behaviour by utilising effective classroom strategies.


a) Describe a conducive and diversified learning environment and how effective engagement is crucial in motivating individuals in the learning process;

b) Identify Assessment for Learning Strategies (AFL);

c) Describe the difference between a scheme of work and a lesson plan;

d) Write learning outcomes and success criteria within a plan following Bloom’s Taxonomy and an outcomes-based approach;

e) List different reporting and conferencing techniques to show the achievement of planned learning outcomes.


a) Create a positive classroom environment which enhances the performance of students through new techniques and knowledge;

b) Coordinate classroom resources and space;

c) Develop clear classroom rules which are continuously enforced and are all relevant to maximising the learning that can take place;

d) Categorise and transform tasks for learners using AFL practices, learning outcomes and success criteria;

e) Develop a variety of assessments for learning techniques that enhance learning.

Mode of Delivery

This module consists of a teaching practice with supportive feedback provided by a practicum visitor. Information related to the structure and delivery of the module may be accessed through the IfE Portal. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures found on the Institute for Education’s website.

Assessment Methods

This module will be assessed through: Research Assingment and Online Tasks/Reflections.

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List
  1. Bandura, A. (1977) Towards a Unifying Theory of Behavioural Change, Psychological Review, 84(2) p. 191-285. Grima, J., Satariano, A., Grima J., Curmi C., and Galea E. (2010). Assessment for Learning: Practical Guide in the Classroom.; Institute for Education.
  2. Learning Outcomes Framework Portal: [Accessed 07 May 2018]
  3. Ministry of Education and Employment (2016) Education for All: Special Needs and Inclusive Education in Malta, European Agency of Special Needs and Inclusive Education:
Supplementary Reading List
  1. Black, P. (2001) Formative Assessment and Curriculum Consequences Curriculum and Assessment (ed. Scott, D.), Westport CT: Ablex Publishing, p.7-23.
  2. Black, P., Harrison, C., Lee, C., Marshall, B., and Wiliam, D. (2003). Assessment for learning: Putting it into practice, Buckingham: Open University Press.
  3. James, M., Black, P., Carmichael, P., Conner, C., Dudley, P., Fox, A., Frost, D., Honour, L., MacBeath, J., McCormick, R., Marshall, B., Pedder, D., Procter, R., Swaffield, S. and Wiliam, D. (2006) Learning How to Learn: tools for schools, London, Routledge.
  4. Leitch, R., Gardner, J., Mitchell, S., Lundy, L., Galanouli, D. and Odena, O. (2006) Researching creatively with pupils in Assessment for Learning (AfL) classrooms on experiences of participation and consultation; Paper presented at the European Council for Educational Research, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
  5. Marzano. R.J., (2012) Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher, Marzano Research Laboratory.
  6. Wiliam, D. (2011) Embedded Formative Assessment Solution Tree Press. Valencia, R. R., (2010) Dismantling Contemporary Deficit Thinking: Educational Thought and Practice, Taylor and Francis Ltd.
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