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MASTER OF TEACHING (DANCE)

CONTENT

The programme is designed to meet the needs of dance teachers from a variety of education contexts across private and public sectors. All students complete two compulsory modules to the value of 90 credits, plus module options to the value of 90 credits (or 30 credits for QTS holders).

THE PROGRAMME COMPRISES COMPULSORY AND OPTION MODULES

Dance, Education and Research (compulsory) (30 credits)

In this module, you will have an opportunity to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of dance as an academic discipline and a cultural practice. The reading materials and tasks focus on recent developments in dance studies at postgraduate level, including major paradigm shifts and cutting edge research. The essay assignment allows you to draw on selected research and evaluate its application to your own teaching environment.

Dance Pedagogy (module option) (30 credits)

This module builds on current knowledge and understanding of dance pedagogy to allow for a deeper, critically informed engagement with issues and debates in the delivery of dance curricula. Topic areas include curriculum design and delivery, dance education models and frameworks, learning perspectives, teaching strategies and concepts of creativity. The assignment will enable you to evaluate your own teaching and plan for progression in a specified aspect of pedagogy.

Leading Learning (module option) (30 credits)

This module supports dance teachers in developing the professional and managerial skills needed to lead learning in the school/work environment. Key topics include the nature of teaching as a profession and a career, the role of the teacher, theories and models of collaborative practice, concepts of leadership and the development of effective management strategies. You will be encouraged to initiate change through innovative practice which has a measurable impact on your work environment.

Inclusive Dance Practice: Disability and SEN (module option) (30 credits)

All dance teachers need to be fully engaged in inclusive practice informed by current legislation and recent research. The work in this module draws on the combined experience of the RAD and Candoco Dance Company in changing attitudes towards disability and difference, in order to develop new models and practices in inclusive dance education. You will engage in work-based research on a selected issue arising from the needs of your own students.

Research Project (with research methodologies) (compulsory) (60 credits)

The research project comprises a critical appraisal of relevant research frameworks and methodologies, followed by an extended work-based research assignment. The precise nature of the research will be determined by a number of factors, including the needs of the school/work environment, the dance curriculum being delivered and the knowledge and skills of the researcher. You will be guided in identifying an appropriate research proposal by the module tutor and supported via distance learning throughout the research process.

(NB: new module options will be added to the programme if there is sufficient student interest. Please see the Faculty of Education website for the latest information).

AWARD

Successful completion of 60 credits leads to Postgraduate Certificate: Teaching (Dance) Successful completion of 120 credits leads to Postgraduate Diploma: Teaching (Dance) Successful completion of 180 credits leads to Master of Teaching (Dance)

FURTHER STUDY AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Holders of the Master of Teaching (Dance) are eligible to progress to studying at doctoral level.

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