2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
EDUC2101 International Perspectives of Pedagogy and Practice
20 creditsClass Size: 100
Module manager: Dr Michael Waring
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2023/24
Module replacesEDUC 3804 International Perspectives on Educare
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module draws on ideas about childhood and child development to construct a conceptual framework that will be used to analyse examples of teaching and learning practices from across the world. You will be introduced to the idea of curriculum as a mixture of content, pedagogy and assessment practices. The module will provide an opportunity for students to develop and articulate critical insights into the organisation, policies, practices, and outcomes of prevailing educational systems across diverse international contexts. You will be introduced to a range of theoretical and conceptual frameworks required to be able to coherently appreciate, articulate, and analyse the international dimensions and elements of education as a global phenomenon. Drawing upon published scholarship and policy texts you will consider why specific curriculum practices have developed in different countries and regions of the world at particular times. Contemporary educational issues and initiatives common or peculiar to countries at different levels of socio-economic development will be critically examined to illuminate how and why broader political, economic, socio-cultural, and technological factors may create a variety of changes, challenges, and opportunities in relation to curriculum, pedagogy, and learning practices across different educational settings. There will be a particular emphasis on research studies that examine the quality and adequacy of the learning experiences that children and young people encounter within specific international curriculum settings and the nature of educational outcomes that they achieve. The module will enable you to investigate the influence of cultural-historical, political and socio-economic factors on approaches to pedagogy and practice from a distinctively international and comparative perspective. Sessions will involve lectures to introduce key ideas and a range of practical activities to develop comparative and textual research skills.
ObjectivesThe aim of this module is to introduce students to:
- Research-informed comparisons of teaching and learning across a range of contrasting countries and contexts.
- Rationales for different international approaches to education and the historical, political, social, cultural values manifested in the nature of the provision offered.
- Critical research evidence about the effects of different types of educational provision in different countries.
- The relationship between educational philosophies, pedagogy and practice.
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Undertake independent and research-informed comparisons of teaching and learning across a range of contrasting countries and contexts.
- Identify the rationale for different international approaches to education and the historical, political, social, cultural values manifested in the nature of the provision offered.
- Review critically research evidence about the effects of different types of educational provision in different countries.
- Explain the relationship between educational philosophies, pedagogy and practice.
Students will develop the ability to make research-informed comparisons of international education philosophy, policy, practice.
- Constructing a critical framework for comparing international approaches to teaching and learning
- Educational philosophy, policy and practice
- Play and learning at home and at school
- Getting a ‘Head Start’: Tackling disadvantage
- Primary Schools: Pedagogy in Practice.
- Curriculum Matters
- Rural and Urban contexts
- Education Otherwise
- Innovative pedagogies
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private studyTasks will be set on the VLE to complement lectures.
Set readings will be set to complement lectures and will be discussed in VLE seminars, resulting in regular verbal presentations and poster presentations to ensure students’ develop their skills of expression in these two forms (which are the forms of assessment) throughout the module.
Assignment preparation will involve extensive wider reading and group project activity.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent progress will be monitored via their online engagement with discussion forums and via their contribution to seminar discussions.
Methods of assessment
|% of formal assessment
|Comparative case study 3000 words
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 12/09/2023
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