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Leading ideas in contemporary education are introduced and critically examined. Concepts explored include intentional teaching, 21st century learning, transnational education, powerful knowledge, power and knowledge, educational privilege and equity and social identity. These concepts are set within the fields of curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, policy and governance and current debates within these fields. A critical examination of the key concepts is made by juxtaposing local, national and global perspectives and demonstrating how these concepts are taken up in existing research projects. Students will draw on their own professional and educational experiences to investigate ideas and their application to practice. Negotiated, integrated learning via theory, case studies, simulation exercises and work based projects will then be developed.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of key current ideas in education with due reference to theory;
- Review and critique research literature related to selected key educational ideas;
- Design an inquiry into a leading educational idea that shows knowledge of relevant theory and research procedures;
- Conduct an inquiry into a leading educational idea using research findings to advance educational theory and practice;
- Critically appraise the implications of the inquiry for leading educational change and improving educational practice.
- Critical reasoning and thinking
- Problem solving
- Evidence based decision making
- Creativity and innovation
- Self-reflection, career awareness and lifelong learning
Last updated: 10 February 2024