TE7101 - Contemporary Issues in Education

What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will explore the following topics:
• Educational inclusion.
• International perspectives in education.
• UN Sustainable development goal 4
• Policy development in education
• Accountability structures
• Beliefs, Cultures and Values

How will I learn on this module?

Your learning in this module will include a wide range of strategies to ensure a variety of experience. You will attend lectures and seminars which will provide you with theoretical, anecdotal and case study material to stimulate discussion and debate. You will be supported in engaging in the critical evaluation of education systems against global trends in order to develop as part of a global community of practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through a combination of online resources and online group tutorials. Opportunities to share and explore experiences and learning with fellow students will form an important part of the teaching and learning process. You will engage in small group learning, presentations, independent and guided study. Your module tutor will be accessible to you in person or through email, Blackboard or Teams. You will also be guided to other learning resources and support available through the university library.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Critical understanding of legislation, values and principles that underpin the development of inclusive education curricula around the world.
2. Critical understanding the UN Sustainable development goal 4 and how it may influence the design and delivery of education programmes.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Capability to identify and critically evaluate accountability structures that may impact inclusive practice within their profession and/or work role.
2. Ability to critically analyse, compare and contrast educational practice in one country against that of another within a given framework.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. Enhance your communication skills through engagement in module activities, formative and summative assessment.
2. Develop an awareness of how beliefs, culture and values may impact on inclusive practice.

How will I be assessed?

You will receive both formative and summative feedback.
The formative processes will engage you in class discussions and mini presentations as well as feedback from your tutor on sections of your draft work before your summative submission.

You will critically analyse educational inclusion in the UK, taking the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 into consideration, and compare and contrast this provision with that of one other country in the world. 4500 words

KU 1 and 2
IPSA 1 and 2
PVA. 1 and 2

You will receive written feedback and feed forward supporting future academic engagement, with a grade informed by the assessment criteria and the elaborated grade descriptor.





Module abstract

The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, ‘the world’s globally agreed plan for peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet’ (UN, 2018, p.5), estimated that 1 billion people with disabilities continue to face significant challenges and barriers to full participation in society. This first report on the progress of the 2030 agenda highlights persistent stigma, negative attitudes, discrimination, misinformation and prejudice as impacting on all forms of accessibility for people living with disability. Goal 4 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) places responsibility on Higher Education Institutions to design and deliver programmes that equip educators with skills, knowledge and practices that will ensure the protection of the planet and its future occupants. This aligns with the 1994 Salamanca Statement which stated that education systems and programmes should be inclusive in design and delivery. This module will equip you with the tools to stay abreast with local and international trends in education. The international perspective, will also prepare you for the diverse cohorts of students arising from increasing global migration, and give you an opportunity to develop as an international scholar and educator.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 24 months Part Time
2 other options available

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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