|| ED10410 |
|| POLICIES AND ISSUES IN EDUCATION |
|| 2001/2002 |
|| Dr Merris Griffiths |
|| Semester 1 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 10 Hours |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 5 Hours |
|| Continuous assessment || Assignment of 2,000 words || 40% |
|| Exam || 2 Hours Written exam. || 60% |
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.
Aims of the module
To offer students a clear historical framework in which they can place and interpret the current education system.
To encourage students to critically analyse their own experiences of education within the context of social and political change.
To introduce and clarify some important education issues.
To provide opportunities for students to discuss the education issues currently being addressed in parliament and the media.
Lectures are based on the following topics:
Introduction - The anatomy of an education system
The growth of a schooled society
The Education Reform Acts of 1944 and 1988
Control, choice and accountability: Who decides, what, when and how?
`Education, education, education?: New Labour Education policies in Wales and England.
Issue 1: Elitism, democracy and equality
Issue 2: Educational standards
Issue 3: Wales - Nationality, culture and schooling
Issue 4: 16-19 Curriculum and higher education
Issue 5: Higher education and the future
Tutorials provide students with the opportunity to discuss selected lecture topics and essays, as follows:
Your `Educational Autobiography?
The 1944 Education Act
Grammar versus Comprehensive Schooling
Current education issues
Perspectives on Higher Education
At the end of this module students should be able to:
discuss and assess the historical developments of the education system in England and Wales;
apply their own educational experiences to the broader contexts of social and political change within the education system;
show an awareness of current education issues and discuss the significance of such issues within the political context.
Aldrich, R.. (1996)
Education for the Nation. London: Cassell
Brooks. R.. (1991)
Contemporary Debates in Education - An Historical Perspective. London: Longman
National School Policy. (1996),. London: David Fulton
Holt, G.. (1998)
Education in England and Wales: a guide to the system. Slough: NFER
Lowe, R. (1997)
Schooling and Social Change 1964-1990. London: Routledge.
Mackinnon, D. (1996)
Education in the UK: facts and figures. London: Hodder & Stoughton in association with The Open University.