EDUC 7053NA - Education Issues in a Global Community

Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre - Quadmester 4 - 2014

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 4
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre
    Units 3
    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 Linda Westphalen

    Email:  linda.westphalen@adelaide.edu.au
    Phone: +61 (0) 8 8313 3784
    Key contact time:  (Adelaide time) Tuesdays 1pm - 4pm
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The aims of this course are:

    1. To understand the implications of education issues and policies for families, communities and  governments;
    2. To understand ‘core values’ (or ideologies) and their replication;
    3. To value cultural diversity;
    4. To develop students’ skills in analysing policy documents and other texts, as sources of information about education;
    5. To develop students’ skills in research and presentation;
    6. To develop students’ oral presentation skills;
    7. To foster group support and sharing of ideas.

    After successfully completing this topic you should be able to

    8. Critically assess policies about schools and education in relation to their impacts;
    9. Critically analyse theoretical discourses relating to policy creation and enforcement.

    In the process, you should also

    10. Improve your ability to think critically and form independent judgements;  
    11. Improve your written and verbal communication skills;  
    12. Improve your research skills and your ability to use non-lecture and non-prescribed materials;
    13. Improve your ability to work independently and to share your results with others.

    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1 - 13
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 4, 8, 9.
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5, 6, 7, 13
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5, 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1 - 13
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5, 6, 10
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1 - 13
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Students will be required, as part of the process for this course, to collect two articles about their topic of choice.  These articles will be uploaded to the Discussion Board for the cohort to consider.  Students will review one of their chosen articles, and one submitted by another student as part of their Assessment.  Please note that once an article has been reviewed, it may not be reviewed a second time.

    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).  If you would like to review Freire's work, then do take the time to check out this book, or you could listen to an article by Henry Giroux which explains 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.)

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course has both online and face to face delivery modes.  It includes two intensive contact periods (17 - 19 October and 14 - 16 November) taking place in Singapore.  The first of these will be devoted to teaching key concepts.  The second is geared toward student presentations, which are part of the assessment schedule.  In between, students will be required to participate in a Discussion Board, where they will upload two articles for discussion and review.  The course will conclude with the online submission of an essay.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    2 x 3 Day intensive face-to-face course = 32 hours
    Online Discussion Board activities = 4 hours
    Critical review of two articles = 16 hours
    Intensive reading = 32 hours
    Preparation and delivery of presentation = 30 hours
    Issues Essay = 40 hours

    Total = 154 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Friday 17th October, 7 - 10 pm

    1. Introductions, organisational planning, presentation allocation
    2. Review of Course Assessment requirements - critical pedagogy
    3. Identities - seminar and workshop

    Saturday 18th, 1pm - 8pm

    1. Core values and ideologies - seminar and workshop
    2. Language, Diasporas and Hybridity - seminar and workshop
    3. Sex, Gender and Heteronormativity - seminar and workshop
    4. The family - seminar and workshop


    Sunday 19th, 9am - 4pm

    1. Whiteness and Race - seminar and workshop
    2. Religion - seminar and workshop
    3. Ability - seminar and workshop
    4. Surveillance and control of students, teachers and schools - seminar and workshop
    5. Questions intensive


    Friday 14th November - Sunday 16th November - Student presentations
    Specific Course Requirements
    Please note that attendance at workshops is compulsory.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    No specific Small Group Discovery Experience is enacted in this course, however students are expected to actively engage with the Discussion Board process, which includes ongoing interactions.  In addition, students are expected to actively contribute to the presentations in the second teaching period.
  • 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
    This course follows criterion-based assessment. This means that student grades are determined by the standard of work in terms of meeting a number of criteria that represent the requirements for a particular course. In other words, work is judged according to a pre-determined standard of task completion rather than by comparing it to the work of other students undertaking the same course.

    Summary of Assessment Items and Weightings

    1 x 20 - 25 minute presentation (20%)
    1 x 300 word reflection on Presentation (uploaded to Discussion Board) (10%)
    2 x articles selected by the student and uploaded to Discussion Board (5%)
    2 x 300 word review of articles (uploaded to Discussion Board) (30%)
    1 x 3500 word essay (30%)
    Workshop Participation (5%)
    Assessment Detail
    1.    A power point or prezi presentation (20%) , where students are required to research and present an Education issue or policy evident in their country of origin or in a country of their choice.  Students may use interactive media in their presentations as a means to demonstrate their case to others. The seminar presentation takes 20 - 25 minutes, and students are expected to lead others in a discussion of the issues that they have introduced and to answer questions. 

    A template for the Powerpoint will be provided.

    Students will peer assess presentations via a rubric supplied by the convener.  Top and bottom marks will be discarded, and marks will then be averaged and added to the convener's mark.  This means that peer assessment of the presentations will be 10%.

    2.  A minimum of three Discussion Board Entries (40%), where students are required to reflect
    on the presentations they have presented (300 words: 1 entry - 10%) and online content uploaded by themselves (300 words: 1 entry - 15%) and other students (300 words: 1 entry - 15%). 

    The reflective entry is a chance to reflect on the presentation - what worked; what didn't work, and gaps or problems with the presentation itself.

    The critical review of the 2 articles is where students should explore the claims made in the articles and suggest questions for clarification or gaps/errors in the research.  These entries should NOT be summaries of content.  Students are encouraged to bring their own knowledge to these reviews.  Please note that once an article has been reviewed, it may not be reviewed a second time.

    3.  Students will be required to select and upload two articles for review (5%)  This must be done by Friday 24th October, so that students will have time to complete their reviews.

    4. A short essay of 3500 words (30%). Students are required to negotiate with the convener an education issue based assignment with either the same theme or the same regional context as
    the presentation.  Students may not present on the same country and theme as in their presentation – one or both must be different.  The essay must pick up a significant aspect of theory (eg.  cultures, hybridity, identity, etc), but can relate to any aspect of education-based policy.  The essay should be considered a ‘capstone’ component.

    5. Workshop participation (5%).  Participation can mean many things: for the purposes of this course, it means asking questions, initiating debates, listening respectfully and otherwise engaging positively with the activities in the first intensive.
    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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