This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of development during the life course, with a particular focus on child and young person development. You will explore a variety of research and literature relevant to aspects of human development. You will also examine the influence of wider environmental factors such as poverty and also the role of the family and how these can affect the lives of children and young people. As part of your learning you will gain knowledge of societal and political factors, such as race, class, culture and gender and how these can impact on the ways children and young people live and learn in different communities.
In this module you will consider key policies in pre-school, compulsory and post-compulsory education in England. You will also explore a range of historical and contemporary issues and approaches which affect Education Studies, both nationally and internationally. As part of your learning you will have the opportunity to consider different educational settings and the role of education in creating a socially just society. This will include considering if education promotes social justice for all children and pupils in accessing an equal education or does this create inequalities for children and pupils.
In this module you will be introduced to the field of comparative education and develop your knowledge of different education systems in Europe. You will also evaluate and interpret comparative education theories and concepts and relate this to the England and other European countries. As part of your learning you will have the opportunity to assess some of the key aspects of different education systems and make some judgements about influencing factors such as policy, culture and curriculum. You will explore the benefits and challenges of comparing education systems and consider the relationships between education in England and other European countries.
In this module you will be able to develop your knowledge and understanding of the factors which shape practice in schools, colleges and universities in the 21st Century. Through studying this module, you will be introduced to key concepts and theories in education studies and will reflect on how these relate to the challenges and opportunities experienced by current educational institutions and staff. These challenges and opportunities include, active learning, social media and technology, assessment and testing, the structure of the curriculum and teacher retention.
This module introduces you to a range of theoretical concepts to explore what ‘childhood’ means in modern society. By exploring the interactions between children, young people, families and society, you will consider how the concept of ‘family’, and family practices, are shaped by wider social influences and social policy. In this module you will also explore the the ways in which a family is seen as a ‘haven’, and children as ‘happy and innocent’, match the reality of children and young people’s lives. You will engage with issues that focus on living in a society where diversity and inclusion are key to community harmony and how social policy interventions can affect life chances.
As part of your learning on this module you will be introduced to current debates around safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. You will be encouraged to explore how policy, legislation and research evidence inform safeguarding practice. You will also consider the roles and responsibilities of all professionals to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults, and as part of this you will be encouraged to reflect on how professionals need to work together. You will explore how risk is managed and how families are supported by multi-agency teams, to ensure the well-being of all children, young people and vulnerable adults.
Research is not just for researchers: as active members of our profession, and indeed society, we all are affected by the research of others. Learning how to conduct your own research gives insight and understanding into such work, and improves your skills as a scholar and as a practitioner. This module prepares you for a successful personal research dissertation in level 6. You will be introduced to a range of techniques and theories on how to gather information, make sense of it, and report it in an effective way.
This module gives you the opportunity to undertake a placement in a setting of your choice which is relevant to an aspect of your professional development. You will develop your knowledge of working with other professionals relevant to the context of your chosen placement. You will observe an aspect of your placement learning such as the role of practitioners, the environment, pedagogy and multi-agency working. As part of this module you will use research and literature to evaluate issues relating to your chosen topic. You will also explore models of reflective practice which will provide you with the opportunity to apply these alongside your experiential learning to assess your personal and professional learning.
The module aims to introduce you to some of the social psychological influences which affect educational achievement. You will be encouraged to reflect on their own learning experiences and how learning may be determined by social psychological factors such as emotional insecurity, motivation, attitude to learning, self-regulation, self-identity, social cognition, group process and prejudice. You will draw on a range of theories and concepts to help you also examine social psychological perspectives, such as disadvantage, gender, teacher support, peer values and mental health and well-being to explain differences in academic attainment.
This module examines the National Curriculum in England and the influence upon classroom practices. This includes drawing upon educational policy, theories, pioneers and research and analysing their impact upon different teaching and learning methods. You will also analyse ideologies, pedagogy and concepts of curriculum design drawing upon teachers perspectives and curriculum management. You will also have the opportunity to extend your knowledge on inspection, assessment, testing and reporting expectations and how this impacts upon the implementation of the curriculum. Curriculum planning and management will also be explored and the challenges faced by professionals working in educational contexts.
This module will provide you with the opportunity to examine youth subcultures beginning with a historical context relating to the development of ‘youth’ as a subculture. You will then consider how contemporary ideas relating to social, cultural and political contexts of youth subculture have moved over time drawing on a number of sociological theories and concepts to explore issues relating to the lives of young people. These include, gang membership, representation of youth in social media, poverty and inequality, youth justice, and the use of public spaces. You will also extend and consolidate your knowledge of how the social construction of ‘youth’ is seen as ‘problematic’ and a public ‘moral dilemma’ and how these labels influence young people’s developing identity and their transition into adulthood.
This module will explore exclusion from school and why some children are more likely to be excluded than others. You will have the opportunity to interpret statistical data, research and literature linking to exclusion from school and social justice and why all people should have equal access to education. Your learning on this module includes applying theories and concepts of social exclusion and social justice in educational contexts. You will also demonstrate the influences of government policy and the curriculum on school exclusion and the issues and challenges of social justice and exclusion from school.
Within this module you will develop a critical understanding of how children learn, the role of the adult and how learning environments can influence children’s understanding of the world around them. You will compare theories, concepts and principles of children's learning by drawing upon literature and research. In this module you will learn about children's cognitive development and you will be able to apply these theories to practice in early years settings. You will also be able to critically evaluate aspects such as child centred and adult directed pedagogy, creativity and critical thinking, children's choice and needs. You will be able to analyse different teaching and learning approaches which are part of the curriculum for children up to eight years.
This module offers you the opportunity to learn about child and youth provision and support from an international perspective. You will have the opportunity to critically compare provision currently offered in the United Kingdom and globally. You will appraise reasons for the diverse approaches adopted in different countries from social and cultural perspectives. You will also be able to critically analyse government policy, curriculum ideologies, professional training and evaluate provision in relation to theories, research evidence and national guidelines/standards.
This module is the culmination your study and practice building upon your learning at level 4 and level 5 and provides you with the opportunity to develop your expertise and independent research skills in an area of your choice. This module builds on the proposal you developed for the module Becoming a Researcher that you studied at level 5. For this module you will develop your proposal into a research dissertation in collaboration with a supervisor you will be given. The Dissertation will involve you drawing on a wide range of literature and research to develop a critical review of previous theories, concepts and research around your chosen subject area. You will also have the opportunity to explore research methodology and methods that you can draw upon to develop your own research design. You will have the choice to undertake primary research or secondary research for your data collection to provide you with the opportunity to analyse key findings and reflect on what you have learnt.
This is a wide-ranging module examining and comparing educational issues across the world. Students will explore the aims of comparative education and also the challenges of policy borrowing. Aspects of education in countries as diverse as Japan, Germany, Finland and the USA will be examined in the module.
The module aims to introduce you to issues in relation to learning and teaching in challenging settings. Particular attention will be given to ‘challenging’ and 'effective' urban schools, as well as the improvement strategies that enhance academic achievement in a range of contexts. You are encouraged to analyse the role of learners, educators, and other stakeholders; as well as the impact of external factors such as environment and poverty. In addition, you will be given the opportunity to reflect critically on your own experiences; both in class and in the summative assessment.
Within this module you will explore the ways in which early childhood professionals make provision for play and playful approaches to learning and teaching, how they design play/learning environments, and all the pedagogical decisions, techniques and strategies they use to support or enhance learning and teaching through play. You will also be able to enhance your understanding of critical issues on play pedagogy in theory and in practice by drawing on research and literature that focuses on different types of play, different aspects of play behaviours, child-centred play, and interactions in communities or groups of players. You will also have the opportunity to critically reflect on your own role as an early childhood practitioner in planning for play, using playful pedagogical approaches in adult- and child-initiated activities, and engaging with children on their terms and with respect for their meanings.
This module is designed to allow students to gain an overview of perspectives on the processes of learning & teaching. The module encourages students to consider critically the nature & impact of factors (global, national & organisational) which influence the learning & teaching process. It also enables students to connect current research perspectives on learning & teaching with the realities of day-day classroom practices.
The module will explore, using a range of theoretical frameworks, how inequalities are discursively constructed. It will critically examine issues around tackling those inequalities when organising provision to meet the needs of children, young people and families across different agencies.Throughout the module students will be encouraged to the critically discuss the ways in which different social groups are represented within society,for example, through the mass media and government policy, and how they are often marginalised and oppressed as a result of their portrayal in society. It will also consider how oppressive and exclusionary practices, used by relevant agencies working with excluded and marginalised groups in society, can be challenged and resisted.