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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Introductory

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

Considers the nature of educational change and innovation and the conditions that facilitate it, with a particular focus on the role technology plays in relation to innovation and change. Students reflect critically on their own value, attitudes and beliefs about educational change and innovation and undertake an investigation of a case study in an area of personal or professional interest.

Unit content

The nature of educational change, including the influence of social, cultural, and political factors over time. Individual and collective values, attitudes and beliefs about change. Examples of trends and innovations. These would embrace case studies from a range of educational issues and areas of practice including (but not limited to):

  • The interpretation of grand narrative theories for the field of Education
  • Educational systems and structures
  • Traditions of educational focus, such as literacy, numeracy, multiliteracies etc.
  • Curriculum
  • Pedagogy and educational design
  • Student welfare
  • Student–teacher relationships
  • Physical learning environments
  • Technology

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 discuss the nature of educational change, including the influence of social, cultural, and political factors over time
2 critically reflect on personal values, attitudes and beliefs about educational change and innovation
3 Identify similarities and differences in the ways, over time, in which changes and innovations have arisen, been implemented and been embraced
4 critically evaluate a particular change or innovation of personal professional interest, and identify the factors that impact on the uptake or implementation of that innovation.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss the nature of educational change, including the influence of social, cultural, and political factors over time
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  2. critically reflect on personal values, attitudes and beliefs about educational change and innovation
    • GA2:
    • GA5:
  3. Identify similarities and differences in the ways, over time, in which changes and innovations have arisen, been implemented and been embraced
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  4. critically evaluate a particular change or innovation of personal professional interest, and identify the factors that impact on the uptake or implementation of that innovation.
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.