In this module we will introduce you to a number of key ideas that you will build on throughout your studies. We will start by introducing the concept of inclusive education practice and encouraging you to explore your own beliefs and values. You will focus on what it means to educate and how inclusiveness is essential to any argument about meaningful 'education' throughout our whole lives. The focus of this module will always purposefully be the interplay between theory and practice and you will be invited to join a community of thinkers and writers about inclusion and educational practices.
You will work with peers on case studies centred on the concept of the family. You will learn how different professions work together through group tasks.
The module is a combination of academic study skills and problem based learning designed to develop your skills and prepare you for undergraduate study. You will learn skills such as critical reading, academic writing and the importance of referencing. You will learn about working with others to solve problems. Learning Outcomes 1) Carry out defined investigative strategies and communicate results effectively in a given format 2) Use a range of digital tools to complete tasks effectively 3) Collect information to inform a choice of solutions to problems 4) Reflect on own and others' behaviours and capabilities against given criteria
This module will introduce you to the topic of child development. After studying the different types of development and exploring the underlying nature/nurture debate, the content of this module will focus on the social and emotional development of children. The issue of how and why children form attachment bonds to their carers (usually family members) will be examined and then the consequences of having these bonds broken, or not forming close attachment bonds at all, will be explored. How pre-school education affects children’s development will then be covered, looking at the advantages and disadvantages of different types of day-care. There will also be a consideration of how wider society and government policy impact on children’s lives. You will learn several established theories in this topic area as well as the research evidence that supports or does not support these theories. A consideration of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities will be included throughout the module.
The module will introduce you to ethical issues within your field of study. You will explore issues of respect for others, cultural awareness, and equality and diversity in your subject. You will be faced with ethical dilemmas and will need to formulate responses that demonstrate your understanding of what it means to be an ethical practitioner.
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.
In this module you will develop your knowledge and understanding of key theoretical perspectives which influence the study of Education. You will begin to question, 'What is Education?' and how educational theory influences contemporary educational systems. You will be given the opportunity to compare different theoretical perspectives and consider how these theories link to current educational policy. You will also be able to appreciate some of the challenges in relation to how educational theory and policy can impact upon practice. These challenges may include the balance of formal education, how individuals learn and the impact of digital technology.
This module provides you with the opportunity to develop your understanding of issues surrounding inclusion, disability and diversity for children, young people and adults in educational settings. You be introduced to different types of disabilities and how they can be diverse in nature depending on individual need. By drawing on literature and research you will also be able to consider inclusion, disability and diversity as a social issue that goes beyond education and explore models of disability and inclusion. You will examine how the inclusion of individuals with disabilities into everyday activities involves practices and policies designed to identify and remove barriers. These include physical, communication, and attitudes that hinder the ability of children, young people and adults to have full participation in society. You will also examine the challenges that promoting inclusion, diversity and disability rights can present to current practitioners when working in educational settings and local communities.
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.
In this module you will gain a critical understanding of the different professional roles within primary schools and the impact these roles can have on children's learning. You will also demonstrate knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles of contemporary issues in primary school settings. This will include educational policy, teaching standards, types of schooling, learning theories and the curriculum. You will also analyse factors which impact on children's learning and attainment including testing and assessment, the role of the teaching assistant and the quality of teaching. You will have the opportunity to interpret and evaluate the primary school curriculum and relate this to your own practical experiences.
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 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.
This module will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the role of the practitioner when working with children, young people and families. You will explore and show critical understanding on the impact of adverse childhood experiences and other social issues that may affect young lives. As part of your learning you will develop a critical understanding of how policy impacts on a range of diverse and vulnerable families and the challenges that policy may present for you, the practitioner, in your day-to day role. Key theories and therapeutic interventions will be evaluated as your professional knowledge and skills of family support are enhanced.
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.
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.
In this module you will have the opportunity to consolidate, extend and challenge your understanding of the notion of social inclusion. You will be able to apply your renewed comprehension of social inclusion to appraise the position of specific groups in 21st century society, with a particular focus on disability. By drawing on theoretical perspectives, such as feminist ideologies, international outlooks, media representations and research studies, you will cultivate critical insights into social issues which underpin the lives, opportunities and challenges of those in disadvantaged or marginalised positions.
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.
This module will explore the principles, concepts and theories relating to enterprise, innovation and creativity in educational settings. As part of your learning you will extend your knowledge of contemporary issues and debates in education, such as the Marketisation of education, inequality, resilience and self regulation. You will appraise the importance of being entrepreneurial to challenge educational issues. You will then gain a critical understanding of how enterprise in educational settings can lead to innovative and creative approaches to problem solving.
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.