Learning Across the Curriculum: on Foot Through Edinburgh, Short Course

Learning Across the Curriculum: on Foot Through Edinburgh, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 21 days
    Duration
University rank #23 (QS) ,
Learning Across the Curriculum: on Foot Through Edinburgh course at The University of Edinburgh offers aspiring educators of all kinds the tools to incorporate outdoor learning into their teaching and curriculum planning.

About

Despite the increasing bodies of research and policy that highlight the educational, social, and health benefits of outdoor learning in the development of young people, many educators are not well placed to support this form of learning.

Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, Learning Across the Curriculum is designed to give you the tools with which to teach and learn across the curriculum in an outdoor context. It will provide you with an initial step towards incorporating outdoor learning into your current or future teaching career. The course does not aim to train you as an outdoor specialist, but aims to provide some understanding of the benefits, processes, and skills related to learning in the outdoors.

Through practical exercises in curriculum planning and teaching in outdoor contexts, you will have the chance to experience outdoor education in context and assess the impact on your learning. The course will involve exploring the richly-storied human and ecological landscape that is Edinburgh’s Water of Leith. Aspects of the course content are driven by students’ unfolding curiosity about the history, geography, mathematics, and science that they encounter on their journeys through Edinburgh.

In terms of educational policy, the course reflects the recommendations of Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning. The ways in which theory and policy inform practice is a dominant theme of the course and reflects both in the theory and practical teaching of the course.

Learning outcomes for the Learning Across the Curriculum: on Foot Through Edinburgh course offered at The University of Edinburgh

By completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand of the broad concepts that underpin curricular outdoor learning
  • Experience which outdoor learning can be used in education
  • Assess the ways in which Curriculum for Excellence and outdoor learning may inform each other
  • Explain principles of experiential learning for teaching young people in outdoor (and indoor) contexts, and those behind place and community-based education
  • Show an awareness of safety issues pertinent to teaching and learning within groups of young people in outdoor settings
  • Understand educational issues relating to outdoor learning and its interdisciplinary applications
  • Search for, evaluate and use information to develop their knowledge and understanding
  • Appreciate new ideas, methods and ways of thinking
  • Take responsibility for their own learning, and are committed to continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement
  • Sustain intellectual interest and be academically curious
  • Make effective use of oral, written, and visual means to critique, negotiate, create, and communicate understanding
  • Flexibly transfer their knowledge, learning, skills, and abilities from one context to another

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 21 days
  • Credits
    5 ECTS 10 alternative credits
    10 credits/5 ECTS /2 US
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The course will involve exploring the richly-storied human and ecological landscape that is the city of Edinburgh. Aspects of the course content are driven by students’ unfolding curiosity about the history, geography, mathematics, and science that they encounter on their journeys through Edinburgh.

The course will culminate with student-led outdoor teaching sessions. Although the course will be taught primarily by the course organiser, other staff with outdoor learning expertise may contribute to specific sessions.

The teaching contact time is 36 hours over three weeks. This comprises practical sessions, lectures, and workshops.

Students will be expected to complete relevant readings and assignment tasks in their own study time.

Students will spend a considerable amount of time learning, exploring, and teaching outdoors in both built-up areas and green-space.  Appropriate clothing and footwear is crucial.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • 2 years of undergraduate study
  • IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1779 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1779 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1779 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1779 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
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Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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