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METC100
Pedagogy for Teaching Ethics

MQF Level: 7

ECTS Value: 5 ECTS

Self Study Hours: 60

Contact Hours: 25

Assessment Hours: 40

 

Overall Objectives and Outcomes

This module will introduce prospective and current teachers to Ethics as a curricular subject, and the methodologies associated with it. The main methodology associated with the teaching of Ethics in Malta is Philosophy for Children.  This methodology is based on the Community of Inquiry approach, which is characterised by discussion and debate on philosophical questions.  This approach has been proven to work with children and is crucial to the teaching of Ethics.  This methodology is a learner centred methodology that aims to answer deep philosophical questions of a moral nature through discussion in a group, utilising important skills and values, such as critical thinking and respect for others. 

By the end of this programme, participants should be able to:

Competences

a. Critically engage with research literature related to the Philosophy for Children approach.

b. Evaluate how this methodology contributes to the teaching of Ethics.

c. Devise lessons and produce resources to teach Ethics in the primary classroom.

d. Devise lessons and produce resources to teach Ethics in the middle and secondary schools.


Knowledge 

a. Differentiate between methodologies focusing on critical thinking, such as the Philosophy for Children approach and DeBono’s Six Thinking Hats.

b. Demonstrate knowledge of the Ethics syllabus and reflect critically on it.

 

Skills

a. Select and evaluate stories and other forms of texts for their ethical content and incorporate them into lesson plans

b. Adopt a Community of Inquiry approach in the Ethics classroom;

c. Facilitate a Community of Inquiry model within the Ethics classroom.

d. Develop a number of lesson plans, resources and activities related to the primary Ethics syllabus.

e. Develop a number of lesson plans, resources and activities related to the middle and secondary Ethics syllabi.

Assessment Methods

This module will be assessed through: Practical Tasks.

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List
  1. Cam, P. 2012, Teaching Ethics in Schools, Camberwell, Vic.: Australian Council for Educational Research. 
  2. The Ethics Curriculum (curriculum.gov.mt)
  3. Lipman, M. (2003). Thinking in education. Cambridge University Press
Supplementary Reading List
  1. Worley, P. (2019). 100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Questioning.  London, Bloomsbury.
  2. Worley, P., & Levi, T. (2013). The if machine: Philosophical enquiry in the classroom. London, Bloomsbury.
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