EDUC 7016NA - Multicultural Society and Educational Policy
Ngee Ann Academy - Quadmester 4 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code EDUC 7016NA Course Multicultural Society and Educational Policy Coordinating Unit School of Education Term Quadmester 4 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Ngee Ann Academy Units 3 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions M Ed students only - Singapore Course Description This course explores culturally plural societies, the construction of schools and how these relate to social and educational policies. The course is designed with a student-centred learning focus and is, in part, determined by their decision-making process as part of a critical pedagogical approach. There is thus considerable flexibility in the program. Key themes relating to 'core' values are explored in the context of cultural and educational theories. Historical, political, philosophical, social and economic perspectives can be included in the analysis of educational systems both in Australia and internationally. These, as well as alternative orientations to cultural pluralism, are examined with reference to epistemologies, curriculum, school organisations and educational policy.
Course Coordinator: Dr Nishani Singh
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Friday: 7pm – 10pm
Saturday: 1pm – 8pm
Sunday : 9am – 4pm
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity, critically analyse educational policies in culturally diverse societies and apply relevant education policies in local education contexts 2 Improve their written and verbal communication skills, and ability to work independently and with others 3 Improve their research skills and ability to use non-lecture and non-prescribed materials, as well as to think critically and form independent judgements
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 3 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1, 2, 3 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1, 2, 3
Required ResourcesThere is no set textbook for this course. Rather students will be required to read selected literature and notes on key issues covered in the course and texts as appropriate.
You will be asked to bring to some of the sessions samples of school-based, educational or organisational policies, which will be used for group exercises. Please note you will be assessed on your participation and on the group exercises.
Recommended ResourcesAdditional course-related material is available through MyUni. The assessment will include workshop participation and demonstrated understanding of the issues covered in the readings. The readings will also provide useful references for your assignment.
Online LearningAdditional course-related material is available through MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesTwo intensive workshops including lectures, group work and numerous opportunities to discuss international standard setting documents, policy development and educational policies from various countries. Sessions will include guided and open discussions, interactive activities relating to educational policy at national and local institutional levels and individual presentations.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Total 156 hours comprising:
36 hours contact time
48 hours reading
8 hours online review of My Uni materials/notices
24 hours research & preparation for active discussion & one slide presentation
40 hours research and preparation of major written assignment
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule First Workshop Content 1 The construction of identities and communities 2 Culturally plural societies 3 Core Values of ideologies 4 Determining values by socio-cultural, political and educational systems 5 Global culture, values and citizenship vis-a-vis national citizenship Second Workshop 6 Policy development process 7 International Policy contexts & standard setting documents 8 National Education Policy contexts – comparing other country policies 9 Local Education Policy contexts 10 Culturally inclusive pedagogy, Countering Racism 11 Whole school approaches to Multicultural Education
Specific Course RequirementsAttendance at intensive workshops is compulsory.
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Participation: Students engage in interaction in class activities and sharing of materials and information Formative
Ongoing during intensive workshops
10% 1, 2, 3 A solo presentation using power point (10 mins) questions and facilitation of group discussion (5 minutes) Formative and Summative During second intensive 30% 1, 2, 3 Written assignment 3000 words Summative TBA 60% 1, 2, 3
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents are required to attend 80% of all intensive workshop sessions.
Criteria that will be used to assess students’ work will be distributed and discussed in class, To gain a pass, a mark of at least 50% must be obtained on ALL assessed components as well as a total of at least 50% overall.
Assessment DetailParticipation – students are required to attend at least 80% of lecture tutorials and to participate actively in class discussion.
Power point presentation of a significant multicultural educational policy issue in a specific context during class for 10 mins followed by questions and facilitation of class discussion (5 mins)
Major Written Assignment (3000 words) on one of the topics below:
1 Analyse the education policies of Singapore that relate to education for a multicultural society, in the light of relevant international standard setting documents, and identify where the internationally agreed standards and values are (or are not) reflected.
2 Compare and contrast the education policies of Singapore that relate to education for a multicultural society with those of another country/State/region, and analyse the socio-cultural, socio-economic or other reasons that might explain the differences in each context.
3 Research good practice examples of school-based practices of education for a multicultural society from your own or other countries, and evaluate them against state/national policy and international standards, with reasons why you think they would be effective or otherwise.
4 Who is a Singaporean? How do we reconcile our different ethnic backgrounds with this overarching identity? How can this relate to the profession of teaching, where diversity is increasingly being subsumed to the needs of globalisation on the one hand and cultural inclusivity on the other?
5 How does a teacher reinforce the integration of multicultural identities and counter racism or alienation of culturally diverse learners?
6 Negotiate a topic with your lecturer.
Learning Goals for the Presentation:
• To gain confidence in reporting to an audience
• To present a significant educational policy issue in a specific context
• To present a logical sequence of discussion
• To become familiar with the use of one presentation form or technology
• To answer questions relating to the seminar presented
• To allow formative feedback prior to the submission of the formal essay
SubmissionSubmission is online through MyUni.
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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