I'm currently 2nd year at Stirling university studying Education (Primary) with a specialism in Early Years, but I really don't feel like I'm getting much out of it. The module tutors are unorganised, leading to a lot of confusion about assignments/placements/etc and the course itself doesn't feel like it's providing sufficient teaching about teaching, if you get me. Especially with my specialism- I'm having to take modules in Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy, Social work etc. and very little of the content appears useful for my future career, and no guidance is offered to help apply my 'specialism' modules to teaching, which I had expected. I'm slightly confused as I'm unsure if I just had different expectations of what a Primary education course should be or if there genuinely is an issue with the course. For example- we had a 2 hour seminar on History the other day and the tutor informed us that would be the only class we have on history in our 4 years on the course. This took me by surprise, I was expecting a few classes, and when discussing this with friends studying teaching at other unis they seemed to already have had several classes or even full days studying history at primary level. In other aspects such as lesson planning etc we only learnt about a few weeks ago and I'm Second year! And now we're expected to be pros about if and be able to deliver a lesson independently to a PE class in a few weeks, despite never having been out on an official placement or done group lesson plans/had a lesson plan of our own reviewed by our tutors. Can anyone offer me an insight into what their primary education courses have been like? Do you think I'm over reacting? Even if you've just started this year, I'm eager to find out! I'm on a bit of a tight schedule now if I want to drop out and re-apply to another uni this year so every bit of knowledge helps!
What do you wish you'd been taught?