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EQ101 - Contemporary Educational Issues

  • Module code: EQ101
  • Module name: Contemporary Educational Issues
  • Department: Centre for Education Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

1. To critically analyse and define the concept of education through analysis of contemporary case-studies, policies and debates drawn from both national and international contexts. 2. Through analysis of different contemporary educational curriculum frameworks, debate what the purposes, ambitions and ideological under-pinnings are of a range of contemporary models of schooling. 3. Through critical reflection and debate, identify the strengths and weaknesses of contrasting contemporary approaches to addressing issues of educational inequality. 4. Critically analyse and debate the concept of spirituality within education and explore how spirituality relates to concepts such as morality, social and emotional development, community and citizenship. 5. Critically debate the role of religion within contemporary education and identify arguments for and against schools with distinctive religious characters within a multicultural society. 6. Critically analyse the role of attainment, targets and outcomes within contemporary education and the effect these concepts have on learners and educational institutions' senses of identity, market value and future prospects. 7. Understand how education fits into wider multi-agency approaches. 8. Critically analysing the profession of teaching and through this address the question of 'What skills and aptitudes are required of teachers in today's rapidly changing and diverse societies?'

Principal learning outcomes

1. To comprehend and articulate the key debates within contemporary educational theory and practice. 2. To be able to distinguish between different ideological and political orientations as expressed in contrasting models of education. 3. To be able to identify and express the key challenges facing different stakeholders within education such as pupils, parents, governors, teachers, politicians and multi-agency professionals. 4. To be able to debate and articulate the contrasting ways in which different models of education respond to issues of educational inequality. 5. To have developed a range of perspectives on how the concepts of education and schooling are positioned within wider social, economic and political policies and institutional practices within society. 6.To have a critical awareness of the role and influence of factors such as spirituality, morality, civic responsibility, faith and religion within contemporary educational policy and practice and be able to clearly distinguish between these concepts. 7. To have a critical awareness of the challenges facing the teaching profession in today's gloablised, diverse and rapidly changing world.

Timetabled teaching activities

3 hours per week, Autumn and Spring Terms

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: EQ101-30)
C (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 50%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Education Studies (X35B) - Year 1
Optional Core