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Comparative Education Systems & Contexts (EDUC90841)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90841
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This subject will explore a range of contemporary global perspectives on education. It will examine international and Australian education systems, policy, legislation and the key theories and research that have influenced and shaped these systems. Through this subject, students will explore the complex relationships between international education systems and the broader social and cultural contexts in which they are located. Students will examine international data from OECD and UNICEF reports to investigate the economic, social and environmental factors that shape global education systems, policies and pedagogies. Students will engage with a number of case studies to analyse how international policies have informed teaching and assessment practices. Students will be able to consider how local educational practices shape the experience and outcomes of learners from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to:

  • Identify international perspectives on education;
  • Understand the relationship between education systems, policy and practice;
  • Analyse how different theories and research have shaped education systems and the roles and responsibilities of teachers;
  • Identify the key economic, social and environmental factors that shape global education systems, policies and pedagogies;
  • Reflect on how contemporary policies and practice principles influence and shape learning and development;
  • Critically reflect on research into how students learn and understand the concepts, substance, structure and implications for effective teaching practice, including the creation of effective learning environments;
  • Evaluate teaching programs to improve learning and to determine the effectiveness of strategies and resources.

Generic skills

This subject will develop the following set of key transferable skills:

  • Clinical reasoning and thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Evidence based decision making
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Teamwork and professional collaboration
  • Learning to learn and metacognition
  • Responsiveness to a changing knowledge base
  • Reflection for continuous improvement
  • Linking theory and practice
  • Inquiry and research
  • Active and participatory citizenship.

Last updated: 21 September 2019