Module Information

Module Identifier
ED10120
Module Title
Policies and Issues in Education
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 2 Hour Lectures
Workshop 2 x 3 Hour Workshops
Seminar 10 x 1 Hour Seminars
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Bibliographic Exercise  1 Bibliographic exercise of 400 words  Bibliographic exercise of 450 words  15%
Semester Assessment Assignment  1 Essay of 1600 words  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Exam  1 Two hour written examination, two questions  An alternative assessment will be provided for students who have evidence to support the need for such a provision.  35%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary Bibliographic exercise  All failed elements of the assessments must be retaken if the students average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40 % New assignment titles and examination paper will be issued.   15%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary assignment  All failed elements of the assessments must be retaken if the students average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40 % New assignment titles and examination paper will be issued.   50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Supplementary exam  All failed elements of the assessments must be retaken if the students average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40 % New assignment titles and examination paper will be issued.   An alternative assessment will be provided for students who have evidence to support the need for such a provision.  35%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an effective knowledge and understanding of the historical developments of the Education system in England and Wales

Critically evaluate educational policies and current education issues.

Form coherent arguments in discussing current education issues.

Apply their own educational experiences to the broader contexts of social and political change within the Education system.

Demonstrate a competent use of relevant source material.

Brief description

This module provides an introduction to education policies and issues in England and Wales. It sets current education policy in the historic context of educational developments and change, whilst introducing some major contemporary education issues.

Content

Lectures are based on the following topics:

1. Introduction : The anatomy of an education system
2. The growth of a schooled society
3. The Education Acts of 1944 and 1988
4. Control, Choice and Accountability
5. New Labour Education Policies in England and Wales
6. Issue 1: Educational Standards
7. Issue 2: Wales: Nationality, Culture and Schooling
8. Issue 3: Three Topical Controversies (Healthy Eating in Schools, Single-Sex Teaching and Special Educational Needs)
9. Issue 4: 16-19 Curriculum
10. Issue 5: Gender and Education

Seminars are based on the following:

1. Your Educational Autobiography
2. 1944 Education Act
3. Comprehensive Versus Grammar Schools
4. 1988 Education Reform Act
5. The National Curriculum
6. Current Education Issues
7. Special Educational Needs
8. Healthy Eating in Schools
9. Boys Underachievement
10. Perspectives on Higher Education

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Occasional descriptive statistics in lectures and sources.
Communication Communication techniques are a vital element throughout lectures and seminars. Spoken communication throughout seminar activities. Written communication throughout written assessments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Seminar activities and feedback from assessed work.
Information Technology Students are encouraged to word process assignments.
Personal Development and Career planning Bibliographic writing skills.
Problem solving An essential element in the process of critical assessment.
Research skills Bibliographic searches.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Seminar activities provide many opportunities for team work, including group presentations and debates.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 4