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Course details 2012-2013  
Practice sessions
Course Code :6400OIWOEF
Study domain:Instructional and educational
Semester:Semester: 1st semester
Contact hours:36
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: Credit and exam contract not possible
Language of instruction :Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Paul Janssenswillen
Johan Deprez
Rita Rymenans
Wil Meeus
Wouter Schelfhout
Luc Braeckmans
Annie Pinxten
Mathea Simons
Helma De Smedt
Tom Smits
Peter Visser


1. Prerequisites

At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:
Specific prerequisites for this course:
*General competences

            - Final competences of an academic bachelor’s degree; 
            - Adequate language skills of Dutch.
* The student has completed the following course modules or to take them simultaneously:

            - Introduction to didactics;
            - Didactics of the subject with which the practice sessions are associated.

2. Learning outcomes

The final competences consist of the basic competences (knowledge, skills and attitude) required of a teacher at secondary school level by the Flemish Government ( They are categorised as ten functional domains. Priority is given to the following domains in the practice sessions:

  • The teacher as a monitor of developmental and learning processes;
  • The teacher as an expert in his field; 
  • The teacher as an organiser;
  • The teacher as an innovator/researcher.
Attitudes that receive special attention are decision-making, organizational power and cooperation.

3. Course contents

The practice sessions link up with the specific didactics of the subject(s) the student takes. They are supervised by the specific didactics professor and his/her assistants. Students trained in two subjects will split the amount of time spent on the two options. In this course description only the main principles are outlined. More information can be found in the Course Guide for the Practice Sessions of the specific didactics.

Practice sessions are lessons in which students teach fellow students or pupils of secondary education. These lessons need to be prepared and will be discussed afterwards. Students attend their fellow students’ lessons and participate actively. Attendance and participation during all practice sessions are absolutely essential, for practising as well as for experiencing. The students can explore the interaction with an audience, the organisation of classes and observe the impact of all kinds of techniques on themselves. The framework is provided by the general and the specific didactics courses.

4. Teaching method

Class contact teaching:
  • Practice sessions
  • Skills training

  • Personal work:
  • Exercises
  • Assignments:Individually
  • Assignments:In group

  • Portfolio

    5. Assessment method and criteria

    Continuous assessment:
  • Exercises
  • Assignments
  • Participation in classroom activities

  • Portfolio:
  • Without oral presentation

  • 6. Study material

    Required reading

    Course Guide Practice Sessions
    Lesson Plans, Obervation and Evaluation Forms

    Optional reading

    The following study material can be studied on a voluntary basis:

    7. Contact information

    (+)last update: 29/06/2012 16:56 rita.rymenans