20 credits at level HE6
You will examine some important general and specific educational issues from a philosophical perspective. Philosophy is sometimes wrongly seen as "ivory tower" - here it is used to inform realistic discussion about the purpose and value of our education system by asking practical questions such as:
What ideas have brought about our education system? How can our education system be improved? How do we reconcile potential conflicts of ideas between faith schools and liberal educational values? What is the philosophical debate concerning the way the education system is structured into private and state schools?
The influence of philosophers and their ideas, on contemporary educational theory, policy and practice .
This will include debates on:
Traditional versus progressive methods in contemporary educational theory
The nature of autonomy as the key aim of liberal education
Education as oppression and exploitation.
Liberal freedom of choice and the free market
The home education movement
Controversy in education - what are the issues?
The module will be tutor-led and student-centred. Learning and teaching will be supported through blended learning using a combination of face-to-face sessions , electronic-based resources and electronic communications.There will be lead-lectures and seminars that focus on the syllabus content. There will be a requirement for course members to work together in a community of enquiry in order to research and reflect on the debates raised within the module.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand and explain the contributions made by key philosophers to the development of modern education||Explain the part played by at least one philosopher in the development of an aspect of modern education|
|2.||Critically analyse and reflect on the philosophical debates surrounding contemporary issues of educational methods, curriculum and assessment||Contribute to a small group presentation explaining the philosophical debate on one of a) educational methods; b) curriculum content and design or c) assessment, with accompanying identification of own contribution|
|3.||Discuss, reflect and offer resolutions to the problem of reconciling state, individual and communitarian values on an educationaly divisive issue in a liberal democracy||Produce debate notes and speak cogently and with appropriate reference to philosophical argument for or against a current, contentious issue in education|
|4.||Critically evaluate philosophical arguments for and against state and private education||Write an essay using an appropriate range of philosophical sources to critically reflect on the advantages/disadvantages for society of state and private education|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Group presentation||Debate motion||Essay|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Carr, D. (2003) Making Sense of education: An Introduction to the Philosophy and Theory of Education and Teaching London: Routledge
Deveaux M. (2006) Gender and Justice in Multicultural Liberal States. Oxford: OUP
Gardner R. et al. (2005) Faith Schools - Consensus or Conflict? Oxford: Routledge-Falmer
Sharpe S. Ward S. and Hankin L. (2006) Education Studies An issues-based Approach, Exeter Learning Matters Ltd.
Swift W. (2003) How Not to Be a Hypocrite: School Choice for the Morally Perplexed London: Routledge.
|Host Subject Group:||Education|
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