TE7081 - Perspectives and Philosophies of Education

What will I learn on this module?

This module will encourage you to explore some of the ways education has been shaped by history, culture, politics and values. Commencing with an exploration of the purpose and scope of education, you will be supported in challenging your own educational assumptions through an analysis of your identity as practitioners. Western educational practices as shaped by history and philosophy will be examined and this will allow for an uncovering of the contextual issues which affect educational projects. International perspectives will be considered in regard to Islamic education as well as Faith and Secular approaches to education and teacher identity. Political influences in education will be critiqued through exploring the current National Curriculum as well as the Teachers’ Standards 2013 and these will be explored through a political analysis of other nation state approaches to the educational enterprise. The latter part of the module will focus on the types of knowledge and skills valued in education from historical periods and contemporary contexts and how this franchises/disenfranchises the educator and learner. You will be actively engaged with analysing the way in which your practice is shaped and influenced by political agenda and your role as educators will be scrutinised through self-analysis and the presentation of your individual analysis in the form of a short presentation and reflective commentary.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be built around a number of individual and group learning activities that will help you to explore the different aspects of education from a global, local, historical and contemporary perspective. You will work with the module lead and specialists for the duration of your study. With one to one support you will be enabled to explore areas of the topic that are contested. Critical appraisal will enable you to develop your understanding of the theoretical, historical and pedagogical aspects of your study path. You will be encouraged to attend and engage with a series of seminars that will follow the path of your studies during the span of your programme. Your peer group is seen to be invaluable to the social learning processes that drive this module. During each seminar, it is expected that individuals will share their study challenges and successes. The sharing of understanding and experiences will be an integral part of the way in which the module helps to socially construct individual’s perceptions of their work. The module aims to enable you to develop an effective and successful research study which you will present to your peer group contributing to 50% of the assignment mark and will be supported by a written reflection detailing your emerging knowledge and appraisal of education as an active practitioner also contributing to 50% of your overall mark.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

How will I be supported academically on this module? (SRS 0003) You will work closely with the module lead throughout the module in the form of small group tutorials and 1:1 personal support in discussing material, identifying research areas and constructing the assignment and written reflective component. As the module progresses, students will be signposted to essential reading and materials which will inform seminars and direct input. Correspondence through email and VLE will be used throughout to enhance and inform the learning encounters. Students will be encouraged to engage with social media in following educational advances and aspects, which inform practice and policy. All taught sessions will be made available after delivery through Panopto and additional materials will be presented which will enhance student learning and participation. These ‘extra materials’ are not compulsory or used to inform the main input but will improve student experience and participation.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Develop a critical understand the breadth and complexity of the development of education and its link to political and cultural projects
2. Know that concepts of education vary between contexts

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

1. Critically explore and analyse and the underpinning assumptions and practises
2. An ability to critique sources with rigour and consistency

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

1. Enhanced their your communication skills through your summative written work your presentation and formative discussions
2. Developed your research skills through the preparation for your presentation and summative assignment
3. Enhanced your critical reflection skills via your summative assignment

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will take place via group tasks and discussions throughout the module

Feedback will be verbal by both tutor and peers.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be in two parts, each carrying equal weighting of 50%.

Part 1:
A 20-minute peer observed presentation on an aspect of educational practice, policy or development which challenges your own approach and philosophy (2,500 words)
MLOs: KU1 & 2; IPSA 1; PVA1 & 2
Written and graded feedback against the criteria will be given by the tutor.

Part 2:
Write a reflection on your own practice which contextualises your practice in a historical, political, cultural and value informed professional activity (2500 words)
KU 1 & 2; IPSA1 & 2; PVA 1, 2 & 3.





Module abstract

Perspectives and Philosophies of Education will challenge you to examine the legitimacy of educational practices and philosophies within which you are professionally active. You will explore the development of approaches to education as a cultural expression of history, philosophy and politics. This will be through an analysis of approaches within the western liberal tradition as well as through educational approaches globally. Values will be assessed alongside the value placed on certain approaches and subjects in state education and beyond. You will engage with other students to critically challenge one another’s philosophies in an encouraging and supportive manner. By the end of the module, you will have used scholarly and professional skills to identify and interrogate your own and others’ practice against the course materials and your own educational journey and philosophy. This will enable you to be a more critically aware and informed educator whose philosophy and practice will be enhanced through rigorous analysis

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year Full Time
2 other options available

Department Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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