This module will provide you with a comprehensive overview of key issues and debates in contemporary education. Through studying this module, you will be introduced to some of the main approaches and concepts for understanding key contemporary education issues and debates. You will explore a range of topical and policy-related themes and you will become familiar with how such issues develop over time.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key issues and debates in contemporary education
- Examine the application of key concepts and approaches in the sociology of education to specific policy initiatives in education
- Develop awareness of key developments in the education profession, as well as innovations and debates in technology-enhanced learning
- Conduct a relevant review and research on a chosen topic for assignment purposes
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of inequalities in education and key theoretical perspectives
- Use your knowledge and understanding to examine the different perspectives in relation to inequalities in education
- An introduction to key issues in education, including the aims and purposes of the education system;
- An overview of key policy developments over the past half a century, the basis for these policies and their impacts on very recent policy developments;
- An exploration of key issues around equality and life chances and the role played by social, class, gender and ethnicity;
- An introduction to changes in post-compulsory and higher education, including their expansion;
- An overview of developments and debates within contemporary teacher education and the wider context of schooling;
- An introduction to innovations in technology and digital learning and some critical insights on their application.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
You will attend a range of lectures and tutorials and conduct directed reading and suggested additional research. The group tutorials will be based on discussions and presentations, as well as independent reading and research on related topic areas. Tutorials will also involve you in debates stimulated by a range of current print and on-line media coverage. You will be encouraged to develop and defend a position on a range of topical educational issues.
Typically, this module is taught through lectures with and group tutorials that follow the lectures.
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Education in a post-welfare society. Buckingham: Open University Press.
Rationing Education: Policy, Practice and Reform in Education. Buckingham: Open University Press.
Education in Britain: 1944 to present. Cambridge: Polity.
Bartlett, S and Burton, D (2016). Introduction to Educational Studies. London: Sage.
The Education Debate. Bristol: Policy Press.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External