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This subject examines education policy and practice in social and historical context. The subject will provide students with an opportunity to examine key national and international debates in education policy and practice in relation to shifting social, political, economic and political relations. Through this subject students will analyse current education reforms, and the debates that surround them, through careful examination of the relevant research literature. Students will develop key professional skills in policy critical analysis. Through studying different case studies of debates and reform students will consider the variety of issues that underpin education practice, research and policies. This will include engaging with key debates surrounding education and equity, global competitiveness, indigenous rights, sexuality, gender, notions of deficit, and disability and ability.
Intended learning outcomes
- Articulate the social, cultural, political and historical contexts of contemporary educational debates
- Reflect critically on key debates in the policy and practice of education
- Develop knowledge of the range of Australian education systems (i.e. early childhood through to tertiary education) in social, political, cultural and economic context
- Analyse contemporary educational debates, drawing on relevant research literature
Last updated: 6 December 2019