SPECIAL PEDAGOGICS AND TEACHING METHODS
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to develop students’ capacity to:
- recognise their own beliefs in learning and teaching processes;
- recognise the theoretical-methodological choices which characterise both learning and teaching data;
- identify the most appropriate planning model and educational strategies in any given teaching or learning situation.
Course contents summary
- The dimensions of the subject being studied: general learning theories, motivation, learning styles, learning to learn.
- The planning stages: analysis of context and requirements, definition of objectives, organisation of content, choice of teaching methodologies (activities and tools), the evaluation of the process and the results
- The main models of educational planning
- General principles of the teaching method
- Main teaching methods
- The evaluation of learning and of the training courses: general aspects in the construction of tests
- Group dynamics in learning.
The lecturer will distribute documents and materials specifically relating to the subjects explored during the lessons.
The course will take an active form (interactive lessons, mini case studies, analysis of authentic documents, micro-simulations) and will continually make the most of the direct experiences of the participants and the interaction between the students. Classroom activities will be accompanied by the use of authentic materials and computer presentations. The course will constantly draw on the General and Social Pedagogy course and on other courses in the module. The learning process will be closely monitored during classroom activities through feedback.
Students will be evaluated by oral exam during which they will be expected to apply the content covered and the abilities fostered during classroom activities to a concrete case.