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Reinventing Education (IL008)

Description

The module begins from the perspective that current educational structures and practices were designed for late 19th/early 20th century requirements – and that the current system is no longer appropriate for twenty-first century ways of living. Transformations in society, culture, economy, politics, employment and knowledge require us to fundamentally rethink how we perceive and organise education. Building on existing interdisciplinary literature, the module challenges existing modes of delivery and content and explores alternative educational approaches. Through a range of activities and discussions, it encourages students to reflect critically on their own educational experiences. Students are asked to design and justify new educational models that provide a better fit with our contemporary ways of living.

The module examines and critically engages with notions and models of education through a variety of approaches and disciplines. A rich and pluralistic appreciation of ‘education’ will be relevant to all Warwick graduates in their personal and professional lives.

The module aims to encourage students to:

  • Understand a range of radical critiques and alternative theorisations of education
  • Examine real alternatives to traditional state models of education
  • Think about how recent sociocultural, economic and political changes impact on the educational structures and practices
  • Consider and develop alternative approaches to education, making use of existing theories and research
  • Reflect on their own experiences as a learner in a variety of different contexts and settings
  • Think about what education could and should be


Structure

The module will run in the Autumn term and consists of 10 two hour workshops. Sessions will be discursive and exploratory – drawing from students' prior experiences in various educational settings, as well as from engagement with core readings. Activities will stimulate debate across disciplines. Assessment activities promote further discussion and encourage students to work together to reimagine educational structures and practices.

Indicative weekly topics:

  1. The meaning and purpose of education
  2. What’s wrong with schooling
  3. The nature of learning
  4. Learning webs – widespread, informal, voluntary and lifelong experiences
  5. Education, transformation and subversion
  6. The role of the university
  7. Assessment reassessed
  8. Education, democracy and culture
  9. Technological advances – new threats and opportunities
  10. Educational futures – utopias and dystopias

Moodle module space

View the space for the 2017-18 presentation of the module (enrolled students only)

Module convenor

Photo of Will Curtis
Dr Will Curtis (W dot J dot Curtis at warwick dot ac dot uk)

When

Term 1 (Autumn) 2017-18
Tuesdays 11.00-13.00
 

Where

Room R1.13
Ramphal Building
 

Assessment

For 15 CATS:

Educational utopia/dystopia and roundtable discussion

For 12 CATS:

Educational utopia/dystopia and roundtable discussion

See also

Article about the module in Other Education: the Journal of Educational Alternatives