Second level professional higher




LIEPÁJA ACADEMY OF PEDAGOGY

SECOND LEVEL PROFESSIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMME


A TEACHER OF BASIC EDUCATION
(Code 471413)


ACCREDITATION DOCUMENTS


Part 1





Programme Director:
M.paed. Ņ. Petrauska

CONTENT



No.

Name of the document

Page

I

Self-assessment of the study programme.

Appendix Second level professional higher No1. Research work of the Academic Personnel

3

18

II

Description of the content of the study programme and its implementation


24

III

Assessment of the study programme viewed in the context of the interests of the Second level professional higher state of Latvia


59

IV

Academic personnel involved in the implementation of the programme


61

V

Description of the study courses

71

VI

Documents not annexed

216

Liepāja Academy of Pedagogy


Second Level Professional Higher Education

Study Programme

^ “A Teacher of Basic Education”
(code 47 1413)


SELF Second level professional higher-ASSESSMENT

Confirmed

at the Senate sitting

of the LPA

19 January 2004

Minutes No.5


Chairwoman of the Senate

Dr.paed. Prof. A.Samusēviča




Second Level Professional Higher Education Study Programme

“A Teacher of Basic Education”


SELF-ASSESSMENT

The study Second level professional higher programme A Teacher of Basic Education at the Liepāja Academy of Pedagogy (further LPA) is a Second Level Professional Higher Education Study Programme (education classification index of the Ministry of Education Second level professional higher of the Republic of Latvia 471413) and it is implemented in compliance with the decision of the Senate of the LPA on 17 February 2003 (Minutes No.8). On completing the study course the student Second level professional higher is awarded a professional qualification of a teacher of basic education.

In order to assess the study programme ^ A Teacher of Basic Education a working group was established (Rector’s order No. 114-v Second level professional higher).

The self-assessment report was discussed by the Board of the Faculty of Educational Science of the LPA (1 December 2003), by the Board of Studies (8 December 2003) and confirmed at the Senate sitting (19 January 2004).

^ 1. Goals and Second level professional higher Objectives of the Study Programme

AIM: to provide opportunities for educators to acquire a qualification of a teacher of basic education and appropriate professional competence.

Objectives:


Basic principles of the study programme:

^ 2. Organisation of the Study Programme

In developing the structure of the study programme the Second level professional higher regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia on the State Educational Standard of the second level professional higher further education No. 481 (20 November 2001) and the draft standard of Second level professional higher the teaching profession were taken into consideration. The volume of the programme is 75 CP, the duration of the course is 2 years.

The content of the study programme has been elaborated basing on Second level professional higher the fact that the students have completed higher professional pedagogical education and have some teaching experience.

The study courses are combined into three modules.

^ Structure of the programme

Module I

3 CP




Module II

Basic theoretical courses Second level professional higher in the field


5 CP




Module III

Courses in Information Technologies


2 CP




Module IV

Professional Specialisation Courses in the Field


41 CP




1English as a Foreign Language ForeignLanguageLanguageLanguage.Angļu valoda (kā svešvaloda)

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2.Biology


3.Physics


4.Geography


5.Computer Science

6.Russian as a Foreign Language sve Second level professional higherðvaloda)


7.Chemistry


8.Latvian Language and Literature


9 Mathematics


10Home Economics


11.Special Needs Education


12.Sports


13.German as a Foreign Language

14.Health Education


15.History


16. Visual Art




Module V

Practice


8 CP




Module VI

Final (state) examination


12 CP




Module VII

Optional (free choice) courses


4 CP





The volume of the practice is 26 CP, 18 of them are Second level professional higher earned on the basis of the length of the teacher’s pedagogical service and the earlier acquired pedagogical education.

The general education study courses provide knowledge of the main directions Second level professional higher of the functioning of the European Union, the tendencies of co-operation in the field of education. Students get acquainted with the systems of assessing the quality of education and possibilities of improving education Second level professional higher.

The basic theoretical courses in the field activate a need for innovative approaches to implementing the educational process in an institution of basic education. Students get a theoretical insight into and Second level professional higher practice in providing values education, master the theoretical fundamentals of bilingual education and develop the skills enhancing collaboration among the school, the family and the community.

The content of the programme lays a special Second level professional higher emphasis on courses for professional specialisation in the field (41 CP), which are needed for implementation of State Standard of Basic Education, the curricula and subject syllabuses; the student chooses those Second level professional higher which are related to the qualification (specialisation) he/she has chosen.

The volume and the content of the practice are determined taking into account the fact that the students enrolled for the programme Second level professional higher have acquired higher professional pedagogical education and have experience of teaching.

Optional courses are offered to meet the students’ interests and in compliance with the regulations confirmed at the LPA Second level professional higher concerning the choice of the study courses. Every year a catalogue including courses for free choice is confirmed at the LPA, it is available on the home page of the LPA (www.lieppa.lv Second level professional higher) in the section studies as well as in the library.

^ 3. Practical Implementation of the Study Programme

The study work is regulated by the Regulations of Studies of the LPA.

Methods of Study, Technologies, Substantiation Second level professional higher of their Choice

A variety of methods and forms of study are used in the process of implementing the study programme: lectures, theoretical and practical seminars, student research work, students Second level professional higher’ individual work, frontal teaching, group and individual work, case studies, problem-oriented studies, project works, presentations of works, experiments, practical work in the laboratory and in the open air, fieldtrips, e-studies.

The choice Second level professional higher of methods and forms of studies are closely connected with the particularity of the study courses related to specialisation.

Students’ independent work and practical workshops play a significant role in acquisition of Second level professional higher the programme and implementation of the above-mentioned forms and methods of studies. When organising workshops method of group work is used efficiently. Both the students and the lecturers rank case Second level professional higher studies and problem-based studies among the most valuable. Due to this it is possible to consolidate, extend and improve the acquired theoretical knowledge and skills.

The teaching practice provides opportunities Second level professional higher for applying theoretical knowledge in practical teaching at school. The content of practice materials presents a possibility to make conclusions about the level of the student’s knowledge as well as grants Second level professional higher an opportunity to assess and control reaching the aim of the study programme. When developing the programme of the practice students’ suggestions are also taken into consideration.

The study programme includes also students’ research activity Second level professional higher (writing a diploma/graduation paper); it makes it possible to provide comprehension of interconnections between the theoretical and practical ideas, by consolidating application of knowledge of methodology in studying the pedagogical Second level professional higher process.

Workshops are of great significance in the process of acquiring the programme. Practising this form of study, method of group work is efficiently applied. Thus consolidation of theoretical ideas is Second level professional higher carried out and the skills needed for the teaching profession are developed.
^ Integration of the Research Activities of the Academic Personnel
into the Study Process

Research in the LPA has been developing in Second level professional higher those branches and subbranches of science, which correspond to the type of the Academy under the guidance of professors and associate professors. Every year Scientific Council prepares and publishes an annual report on Second level professional higher research work (the document Report on the Research work in the Liepāja Academy of Pedagogy in 2002, 2003 is not annexed).

The research activities of the teaching staff find their reflection in Second level professional higher the study courses, in the analysis and assessment of the students’ reports, in supervision and assessment of students’ graduation papers as well as in the teaching aids worked out by the staff members Second level professional higher. The research themes: Humanisation of the pedagogical process: the reality and prospects, Theoretical and practical provision for teaching/learning languages, Environmental education, Health education, Topical issues of Mathematical Didactics, Mathematical fundamentals of Computer Second level professional higher Sciences, Aspects of perfecting teaching of Visual Art and Home Economics, Pedagogical process for special needs children, Development of a human personality, Topical issues of literary activities of Latvian writers; Aspects of Second level professional higher functioning of Modern Latvian, Historical research into the Latvian language, Efficient schemes of differences of the plasma of semiconductors for modelling hydrodynamic processes (appendix No.1. Research Work of the Teaching Staff Second level professional higher of the LPA).

Cooperation is taking place among the members of the teaching staff from the leading and other departments. To achieve more uniformity when trying to reach the aim common goals for Second level professional higher each block of the study course are set and within the framework of corresponding blocks the members of the teaching staff come to a conclusion about the most efficient means of Second level professional higher reaching these goals. It stimulates the choice of more up-to-date methods and forms of assessment, this leads to improvement of the content of the course and problem-oriented studies are Second level professional higher promoted.

Discussions among the members of the teaching staff of different departments concerning general education courses, the content of the basic theoretical courses in the field, consecutiveness of the themes and assessment Second level professional higher have taken place.


^ 4. System of Assessment

The system of assessing the knowledge and skills of the students has been harmonised with the regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 481, which determine the basic principles and Second level professional higher the main forms of assessing the level of acquisition of the programme (tests and examinations).

In compliance with the set goals and objectives of the programme as well as with Second level professional higher the goals and objectives of the study courses the whole body of demands for assessing the achievement has been defined; the students are acquainted with it at the beginning of each study course Second level professional higher.

Methods of assessment are closely interconnected with the methods and forms of study. The cumulative system is used, which envisages gradual formation of the final assessment from several assignments completed by the student Second level professional higher (tests, test papers, essays, reports, presentations, different types of testing in virtual environment (www,blackboard.lv), student portfolio, from his/her participation in problem discussions, and seminars).

Examinations and tests Second level professional higher are mainly organised in written form; however there are also practised such methods as a discussion in a form of a dialogue or dispute and an examination paper (an independent research on Second level professional higher a freely chosen theme or selected by the lecturer).

5. Students

Enrolment and matriculation of students to the study programme is organised in accordance with the regulations of enrolment and matriculation confirmed by the Senate Second level professional higher. In the year 2003 132 students were admitted. At the beginning of the study course students are acquainted with the goals and objectives of the study programme, its content, requirements for the Second level professional higher study work and the results to be achieved. Sessions are organised during weekends once a month. It guarantees a regularity of the process and consecutiveness. Timely information concerning the planning of the classes Second level professional higher for each session is available on the Home page of the LPA. Within the limits of possibility students are involved in the organisation of the study process, its assessment and improvement. Collaboration among the Second level professional higher students and the administration of the LPA is practised on different levels.

Supervisors of the study programme organise discussions about organisational matters of the study process, inform students about Second level professional higher urgent issues at the LPA and in the study process. The Adult Education Department working together with the students tackle the problems arising during the study process.

Regular surveys are conducted among students Second level professional higher. The results of questionnaires help to discover the problems concerning the organisation or content of the study programme. The obtained data are analysed during seminars and in departments with the aim of assessing Second level professional higher the quality of the study process and in case of necessity to make corrections.

Changes resulting from the discussions among the students and the lecturers have been мейд in the content of the Second level professional higher programme, that is, the volume of the course in Information Technologies has been increased, a course in Methodology and Research Methods in Pedagogy has been included in the programme and the number Second level professional higher of credit points for optional subjects increased.


^ 6. The Academic and Administrative

Staff Involved in the Study Programme

Members of the teaching staff from the Departments of the LPA, visiting lecturers Second level professional higher from partnership institutions and teacher consultants are involved in the implementation of the study programme A^ Teacher of Basic Education.

Teacher consultants give practical classes, act as consultants during teaching practices, take part Second level professional higher in the work of the State Examination Board.

The scientific and professional qualification of the members of the teaching staff is sufficient to provide reaching the goals and objectives of the study programme Second level professional higher.

36 Doctors, among them 13 Associate Professors and 4 Professors, 48 Masters are involved in the implementation of the programme.

Perfection and feasible development of the scientific and professional qualification of the teaching staff have Second level professional higher been analysed in the Departments, at the sittings of the Scientific Council as well as by the Senate. The proposals of the Departments taken into consideration new regulations on perfection of scientific and Second level professional higher professional qualification have been adopted (Decision of the Senate on 19 May 2003).

Organisational work for implementation of the programme is provided by the Adult Education Department in collaboration with the ten departments of Second level professional higher the LPA.

Responsibility for covering Modules IV, V, VI (that is the study courses of professional specialisation, practice, State examination) falls on the leading departments: Department of the Latvian Language, Department of Second level professional higher Literature, Department of Mathematics and Information Science, Department of Art and Handicrafts, Department of Social Sciences and Management, Sports Department, Department of Foreign Languages, Department of Environmental Sciences, Department of Pedagogy. By the Second level professional higher decision of the Senate (14 April 2003) the programmes have been attached to the Departments.

Improvement of the professional qualification of the academic staff is achieved through participation in international projects, for Second level professional higher example, Soros Foundation - Latvia, project “Open School”, ERASMUS project “Democratisation of Society and Цивик Education in the Changing Europe”, EU SOCRATES/MINERVA and by making use of the opportunities granted by partnership Second level professional higher agreements (collaboration in exchanging experience, participation in conferences), for example, Topical Issues in Science, Pedagogy: Theory and Practice, Society and Culture, Man and Environment, Mathematics and Development of the Learner‘s Abilities. Perfection of Second level professional higher professional qualification has been evaluated on interdepartmental level.

In accordance with the 2002/2003 regulations of the Ministry of Education and Science “Procedure of Educating Pedagogues working in Higher Education and Second level professional higher Improving their Professional Growth” 16 members of the teaching staff have improved their knowledge by participating in the programme aimed at development of professional skills “Didactics of Higher Education” organised by the University of Agriculture of Second level professional higher Latvia.

11 lecturers participated in the seminars organised by the Distance Learning Centre of the and dealing with introduction of e-studies into the study process,

A positive experience that is worth Second level professional higher mentioning is the fact that some members of the teaching staff of the LPA work in schools of general education as subject teachers and consultants of the teaching practice, it maintains links between Second level professional higher the study process and practical teaching.


^ 7. Sources of Financing, Teaching/Learning Resources

The financial basis for implementing the programme is course fees paid by natural persons or legal entities.

The Second level professional higher cost of the study programme is determined on the basis of the document confirmed by the Senate of the LPA “On the Principles of Charging Fees in the LPA” which complies with the regulations of Second level professional higher the Cabinet of Ministers No.334.

Experience of the recent years in Latvia is the following - support Foundation of Teachers’ In-service Training partially compensates expenses for teachers’ training in further education Second level professional higher programmes in accordance with the regulations of the Foundation and the state financing.

The LPA has appropriate equipment and availability of information to realise the objectives of the study programme.

Purpose-equipped Second level professional higher rooms for Physics, English, German, Drawing, Cooking, Dressmaking, Weaving, Ceramics workshops, Multimedia and Computer classrooms provide for the implementation of the programme.

In the LPA there functions the Regional Distance Learning Second level professional higher Centre, the Centre of Speech Therapy, the Centre of Civil Sciences, the Regional Computer Centre, the Environmental and Health Education Centre, the Kurzeme Centre of Folklore and Language, the Centre of Social Studies Second level professional higher.

The library of the LAP plays an essential role in ensuring the study process. After reconstruction of the library in 2003 additional space was found, an information centre annexed to the library Second level professional higher was equipped with 20 workstations, the free-access library was extended and equipped with 66 places for the readers. Available in the library is the integrated information system “Alise” annexed to the local computer network Second level professional higher; the electronic catalogue contains information about the available printed matter since 1980. The library has a connection to the INTERNET. The library has subscribed to the following databases: EBSO, Leta, Lursoft, and NAIS Second level professional higher. Therefore the students and the members of the teaching staff are provided access to a vast amount of information.


^ 8. Foreign Relations

Collaboration with higher education institutions in foreign countries and in Second level professional higher Latvia is developing in different directions and spheres, the most significant of them are:

The Department of Foreign Languages has Second level professional higher acquired good experience in perfecting the content of the study programme through co-operation with Robert Bosch Foundation and the British Council; regular in-service training seminars take place. Within the framework of partnership Second level professional higher projects mentors- practice consultants in schools are trained and unified programmes and demands for teaching practice have been worked out for all higher education institutions of Latvia.

In 2003 a group Second level professional higher of the teaching staff of the LPA together with the Distance Learning Centre of the Rīga Technical University participated in the project “ Research of technological and methodological aspects of e-education”.

In Second level professional higher co-operation with the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the University of Latvia the lecturers of the LPA participated in the work of the expedition of the National Oral History project Second level professional higher “Life-story in Latvia” Lejaskurzeme -2001” and “Life-story in Latvia - Ventspils - 2002”.


9. Co-operation with Governmental, Municipal and Non-governmental Organisations in Implementation of the Programme, Links with Employers

Co-operation with governmental, Municipal and Second level professional higher non-governmental organisations can be seen in several areas: in co-ordinating the content of the programme, in its support and implementation (as lecturers, practice consultants, experts of the State Examination Board Second level professional higher etc.)

Cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science should be evaluated as significant (Centre of Co-ordinating the Content of Education and Examinations, projects for developing the educational system). The teaching staff Second level professional higher of the LPA participate in working groups elaborating different normative documents, for example, Draft Standard of Information Science and the corresponding programme, Draft Standard of Basic education in Latvian. Collaboration with town Second level professional higher and district Education Boards (Ventspils, Kuldīga, Saldus, Liepāja) informs the schoolteachers about the possibilities of studies in the LPA. On the other хэнд this enables the Academy to make a Second level professional higher more purposeful planning of the programmes to be offered.

Cooperation with different institutions of basic education when organising teaching practices should be particularly emphasised.

10. Summary

The positive sides of the programme:

- to more flexibly react to the labour Second level professional higher market demands,

- to put forward similar demands to all students of the programme,

- to stimulate the lecturers to efficient co-operation aimed at improving the content of the programme,

- to economise Second level professional higher resources (human and financial resources).

Feasible Development of the Programme:

- to perfect circulation of Second level professional higher information,

- to perfect the study environment,

- to perfect the study methods and methods of assessment.

- to improve the students’ independent Second level professional higher work,

- to plan fieldtrips,

- to introduce e-studies,

- to verify in practice methods not so frequently used for implementation of certain submodules.

The tasks the Academy is facing in order to improve the quality Second level professional higher of the study programme:


The working group evaluating the programme ^ A Teacher of Basic Education

Head of the group: Ņina Petrauska, Programme Second level professional higher Director,

Members of the group:

Dina Bethere, lecturer of the Department of Pedagogy,

Vaira Kārkliņa, lecturer of the Department of Mathematics and Information Science

Diāna Laiveniece, lecturer of the Department of Second level professional higher the Latvian Language

Aisma Suleimanova, teacher of Liepāja secondary school No.6, consultant in methods (not on regular staff) of the Ministry of Education and Science.

^ Appendix No.1


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