EDUC 7053NA - Education Issues in a Global Community

Ngee Ann Academy - Quadmester 1 - 2016

This course explores education issues in relation to education in culturally plural societies globally, but with a particular focus on developing countries. The key concepts relate to the `core values (ideologies, ontologies and epistemologies) of different cultures, and how these, with social, political and historical phenomena, construct education systems. Key concepts include cultural diversity and hybridity, gender and sexualities, diasporas, families, religions, languages, subjugated knowledges, hegemonies, assimilation and colonisation. The course in designed so as to facilitate blended delivery. The course has a student-centred learning focus and is, in part, determined by their decision-making process as part of a critical pedagogical approach (Austin et al. 2007: 8 24).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 7053NA
    Course Education Issues in a Global Community
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Quadmester 1
    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 education issues in relation to education in culturally plural societies globally, but with a particular focus on developing countries. The key concepts relate to the `core values (ideologies, ontologies and epistemologies) of different cultures, and how these, with social, political and historical phenomena, construct education systems. Key concepts include cultural diversity and hybridity, gender and sexualities, diasporas, families, religions, languages, subjugated knowledges, hegemonies, assimilation and colonisation. The course in designed so as to facilitate blended delivery. The course has a student-centred learning focus and is, in part, determined by their decision-making process as part of a critical pedagogical approach (Austin et al. 2007: 8 24).
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Michelle Picard

    Email:  linda.westphalen@adelaide.edu.au

    Phone: +61 (0) 8 8313 3784

    Key contact time:  (Adelaide time) Tuesdays 1.30pm - 3.30pm

    Please note that I monitor email daily and that is my preferred mode of contact.
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this topic you should be able to

    1. Understand the implications of various education issues and policies for families, communities and  governments;
    2. Understand ‘core values’ (or ideologies) and their replication;
    3. Critically assess policies about schools and education in relation to their impacts;
    4. Critically analyse theoretical discourses relating to policy creation and enforcement.

    In the process, you should also

    5. develop skills in analysing policy documents and other texts, as sources of information about education;
    6. develop skills in research and presentation;


    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, 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
    3, 4, 5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    5, 6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2
    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
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    4, 5, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Access to MyUni.  A reader will be provided.  Ability to work online is assumed.

    This course takes as its philosophical focus the work of Paulo Freire, particularly his key text, The Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Library of Congress, New York, 1970). 

    Your first assessment item is to review the following article and this can be done as pre-reading if you wish. 

    The article is both audio and text-based.  It is by Henry Giroux who explains his own views on Freire and power, as well as Freire's approach to education.  ('Lessons From Paulo Freire', Chronicle of Higher Education. 10/22/2010, Vol. 57, Issue 9, pB15-B16. 2p.) 

    This is available via the following link:

    http://proxy.library.adelaide.edu.au/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=rlh&AN=54945638&site=ehost-live&scope=site

    (You will need your University of Adelaide library login to access the file.)

    More information about the review is available in the Assessments section below.

     

    Recommended Resources
    Please bring your own electronic device (laptop) to class intensives. Access to the Univeristy of Adelaide's MyUni site is assumed.
    Online Learning
    Access to the University of Adelaide Online teaching platform, MyUni, is assumed.  You will need to acces the online Discussion Board for this Course.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment

    1. Review of Henry Giroux article on Paulo Freire (20%) [2,4]
    2. Review of one key article to your presentation or essay (20%) [3,4]
    3. Presentation (30 minutes) on a policy, policy document and related debates in a specific region or country (30%) [1,3]
    4. Essay on either the same issue in another country or the same country with a different issue (30%). [1,3]
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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