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STEM education placement (Module)

Module description

The internship offers you an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) educational practice within some of the UK’s most prestigious STEM organisations. The hosts include museums, educational charities, policy-making bodies and innovative out-of-school learning venues. All engage in practices which seek to bridge and build upon the disciplines of STEM.

In working alongside education professionals, you will develop a rich understanding of organisational structures, the design and implementation of programmes, and the varied ways in which institutions interpret the educational potential of STEM. 

By engaging in work-based and reflective learning, and by observing and participating in the field of practice, you’ll develop capabilities and key skills for future careers in the STEM education field.

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.

Staff information

Dr Heather King and Dr Melissa Glackin

Teaching pattern

The module combines preparatory online resources and group discussions with face-to-face seminars and tutorial group work so that you are able to learn alongside subject specialist academic experts, peers and colleagues. You will receive one site visit.

Placement availability will be limited and you may not be able to take this module.

Module assessment - more information

  • 1,000 word proposal for an internship opportunity (formative assessment)          
  • 3,000 word placement report 1: reflections on the key principles and policies guiding STEM-education practice in the host organisation (50% of the mark)
  • 3,000 word placement report 2: reflections on the nature of STEM teaching and learning in the host organisation (50%)

(You may choose to focus on a particular aspect of this practice including considerations of equity, educator pedagogy, staff professional development)

  • Reflective learning journal (formative assessment) 

Key information

Module code 7SSES008

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 30

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No