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Unit information: Big Ideas in Education in 2021/22

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Unit name Big Ideas in Education
Unit code EDUCM0069
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Mitchell
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description

This unit will introduce students to the multidisciplinary field of education. It will offer an introduction to the history of educational research, provide an overview of different traditions of research and knowledge in the field, and explore how these traditions contribute to understanding educational debates of contemporary significance.

The unit will comprise a series of lectures from different disciplinary perspectives combined with discussion sessions led by the unit coordinator in collaboration with the contributor. The lectures will be organised to examine different disciplinary perspectives on a series of contemporary debates in education including, for example: the challenge of social justice, the implications of new biological sciences for education, education and big data, education and sustainability. The discussion sessions will allow students to reflect on the complexity of education as a research field and to explore the different contributions of psychological, sociological, cultural, critical and comparative approaches to the understanding of education. These key debates may change year on year, what will stay consistent is that the unit will support students to develop a thorough overview of how different disciplinary perspectives can contribute to examining, understanding and addressing contemporary educational issues. In this way, the unit will act as an important foundation for students’ further study and specialisation within the M.Level programme as a whole.

The unit aims for students to:

  • Develop an understanding of education as an interdisciplinary field and the distinctive contributions made by different disciplinary perspectives;
  • Explore a number of critical contemporary debates in the education field;
  • Consider the complexities and critiques of both the issues and the disciplinary perspectives taken;
  • Reflect on their own learning in relation to the issues and perspectives considered as well as consider the implications for their own professional practice or area of research interest.

Intended learning outcomes

The unit aims for students to:

  1. Develop an understanding of education as an interdisciplinary field and the distinctive contributions made by different disciplinary perspectives
  2. Explore a number of critical contemporary debates in the education field
  3. Consider the complexities and critiques of both the issues and the disciplinary perspectives taken
  4. Reflect on their own learning in relation to the issues and perspectives considered as well as consider the implications for their own professional practice or area of research interest.

Teaching details

This unit will be taught using a blended approach consisting of a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities including seminars, lectures, reading and discussions

Assessment Details

Formative assessment Essay outline of no more than 500 words.

Summative assessment 4000 word assignment on a topic relating to unit themes. (ILOs 1-4)

Reading and References

Dufour, B. & Curtis, W. (eds.) (2011) Studying Education: An Introduction to the Key Disciplines in Educational Studies. Maidenhead : Open University Press.

Furlong, J (2012) Education: An Anatomy of the Discipline, Rescuing the University Project. London: Routledge.

Furlong, J and Lawn, M (2011) Disciplines of Education: Their Role in the Future of Education Research, London: Routledge

Whitty, G and Furlong, J (2017) Knowledge and the Study of Education: An International Comparison, Oxford: Oxford Studies in Comparative Education, Symposium

In addition, specific reading associated with each lecture will be identified by each lecturer to provide the latest synoptic overview of each disciplinary perspective or contemporary issue.

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