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GeneralWelcome to the module:What is Education?This module serves as an exploration of the main ideas that underpin a studyof education. It is guided by six key questions which we draw upon in order toencourage and enable you to question your understanding of education, bothin relation to your own context and more generally. These questions are asfollows:oWhat is education for, what is its purpose, both hereand now and looking to the future?oWhat should be its fundamental values and ethics?oWhat do we mean by knowledge and learning (includingformal and informal learning)?oWhat is our concept of education?oWhat is our image of the learners, educators, learnercontexts, and of community/society?oWho is responsible for education, and what does itmean to be responsible?(These questions are drawn from Fielding, M. and Moss, P. (2011) Radicaleducation and the common school: a democratic alternative. London:Routledge.)You can read more about the aims and intended learning outcomes of themodule in themodule handbook
Helpful documentsWe have included an induction week at the beginning of the module to giveyou the time to familiarise yourself with the information found in thedocuments below, among other activities.Your tutors and the lecturers willassume that you have done so.Module HandbookFile67.6KB Word documentModule Aims and OutcomesFile427.1KB Word documentReading ListFile37KB Word documentGeneral questions for module readingsFile14.5KB Word documentAssessment GuidelinesFile426.4KB Word documentGuide to ReferencingFile26.6KB Word documentAcademic Literacy and PlagiarismFile14.9KB Word documentInformation on Turnitin (to be used for final courseworksubmission)File16.5KB Word documentAcademic Writing CentrePageModule Assessment and EvaluationSubmit your final coursework here. Do remember to attach a front cover sheet.5000 wordsAriel/Times New Roman 12 point.Double line spacing.Please remember to proof read.Final Coursework SheetFileAssignment Cover SheetFile12.9KB Word documentPlease complete the assignment cover sheet and add it to your document, makingthe assignment cover sheet your first page. You can only add one document to thefinal Turnitin Submission Box.
Week 1: Getting started: Introduction to What isEducation?The purpose of the session, activities and readings this week is to introduceyou to the module and enable you to becomefamiliarwith the ways in whichwe will be working.Required reading:Chapter One of"The state we're in" in Michael Fielding &Peter Moss ,Radical education and the common school : a democratic alternative.Routledge, 2011.Required reading: Mezirow, J. (1997) Transformative Learning: Theory toPractice. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education. 74: 5-12. This is an articlefrom an ejournal which you can access from the IOE library.Follow this link to find thearticle(you may need to enter your UCL IOE username and password to access thearticle).Suggested activitiesfor this weekSuggestion for further reading: Jalongo, M. R. (1991). Finding our voices asteachers.Creating learning communities: the role of the teacher in the 21st Century. (75-91).Bloomington: National Educational Service. (This is no longer availableelectronically but the book is in libraries)Suggestion for further reading: Pring, R. (2012) Putting persons back intoeducation.Oxford Review of Education.38(6): 747-760.This is an article from anejournal which you can access from the IOE library.Week 2: Must we educate? Philosophical perspectiveson the moral and political aspects of education. (DrJudith Suissa)
Required activities to be completed this weekRequired Reading (to be read in advance of attending the taught session):Carl Bereiter, “Must We Educate?” Prentice-Hall, 1973. Chapter One, pp. 3-20.File394.3KB PDF documentSuggested activity for this weekSuggestion for further reading: Paul Standish, “Education Without Aims?” , inR. Marples (Ed.)The Aims of Education,Routledge, 1999.This is available as an ebookfrom the IOE library.Week 3: Changing values in education. (Dr JacekBrant)Required activities to be completed this weekRequired reading (to be completed in advance of attending the taughtsesion): Chapter 2 (Aims and Values) in Pring, R et al (2009) Education for all: Thefuture of Education and Training for 14-19 year olds London: Routledge.File236.6KB PDFdocumentRequired reading (to be read in advance of attendingthetaughtsession):Skelton, A (2011) Value conflicts in higher education teaching, Teachingin Higher Education, 17:3, 257-268This is available as an ejournal which you can accessvia the IOE library.Follow this link to find the article.Suggested activity for this weekSuggestion for further reading:Brant, J. and Panjwani, F. (2015). 'SchoolEconomics and the Aims of Education: Critique and Possibilities',Journal of CriticalRealism, 14, (3), 306–324.