Year
2020
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
Prerequisites
1 Admission into MTEC-Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
1a Admission into MTS-Master of Teaching (Secondary)
1b Admission into MTPR-Master of Teaching (Primary)
1c Admission into MTSEPR-Master of Teaching (Special Education) (Primary)
1d Admission into MTSESC-Master of Teaching (Special Education) (Secondary)
1e Admission into MEDECP-Master of Education (Early Childhood Studies) [1.5 years]
1f Admission into GCECE-Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education
1g Admission into GCE-Graduate Certificate in Education
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g))
Enrolment not permitted
EDUC9100 has been successfully completed
Topic description
This topic conceptualises Master of Teaching students as a community of scholars and introduces frameworks to critically examine the aims and purposes of education. The topic also discusses the context, nature and purposes of educational research and outlines key elements of the research process. Students will engage reflexively with research and public discourses relating to a range of contemporary educational issues, including diversity and social justice, that they will negotiate in the profession. This topic draws from a multi-disciplinary knowledge base that includes history, politics and sociology of education.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:
  • Introduce theoretical frameworks that enable students to develop their stances regarding the aims and purposes of education.
  • Develop students' awareness of the nature of research and knowledge creation in education.
  • Provide students with opportunities to reflect critically on their educational and socio-cultural experiences in relation to contemporary educational contexts and issues.
  • Assist students in understanding the social and cultural differences among young people in contemporary educational contexts.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic, students will:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of different philosophies and aims of education.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of selected current issues in education.

  • Demonstrate skills in critically analysing research literature and an artefact (e.g. website, media article) to do with education.