Core Courses offered by the Faculty of Education and Human Development

Courses Description
Educational Reform and Development in Global Context Contemporary educational reform and development takes place in a context of globalisation, a context which has produced a substantially dominant discourse of educational reform for global economic competitiveness. Consequent on increasing rates of globalisation, contemporary educational reform and development also takes place in a context of poverty and significant inequalities in education and in the global distribution of wealth. This has produced a discourse of educational development for social justice. The discourse of educational reform for global economic competitiveness is more prevalent in richer, developed countries, while the discourse of educational development for social justice is more prevalent in the developing world. The course engages with both discourses in both contexts, through a consideration of aims and purposes in education, and of the relationship between education and society, informed by concepts of change (and continuity) in educational and social reform and development. The course includes case studies involving comparative consideration of educational reforms and development in countries and territories in rich, developed societies and in developing world contexts.
Introduction to Research Methods This module introduces participants to the practice and logic of social science inquiry in education. Within two broad paradigms of research (i.e., quantitative and qualitative), participants are required to engage in the complete process of investigation (i.e., design, data collection, data analysis, and reporting) using a selected set of research methods. Participants will develop knowledge about the selected methods, including an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each method. Participants will gain competence, through directed practice, in the choices researchers have to make at each stage of the research process in order to achieve high quality results. At the end of the module, participants will have gained understanding and skill in conducting research from design to reporting, such that they will be able to make use of the selected methods, with supervision, in their own masters level thesis research.


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