EDUC 7550 - Education Policies & Systems
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code EDUC 7550 Course Education Policies & Systems Coordinating Unit School of Education Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible EDUC 6550 Course Description The history of education and educational philosophy will be analysed in terms of the impact on educational policy in schooling, training and/or higher education in contemporary times and in the future. Policy will be critiqued through many frameworks to understanding the complicated relationship between policy and practice and the implications for educators at the level of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. The process of informing, shaping, implementing and evaluating educational policy will also be explored in the context of change and educational reform. The course will examine educational policy from ethical, sociological, cultural, international, comparative and historical perspectives.
Course Coordinator: Dr Lynda MacLeod
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students will be able to: APST (Lead)* 1 Analyse and evaluate the philosophical assumptions of education policy 2 Critique contemporary issues in education policy developments from a diversity of educational settings. 3 Analyse and evaluate the strengths and limitations of the education policy development process.
*Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) - https://www.aitsl.edu.au/teach/standards
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 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
1,2,3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
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 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
Required ResourcesAll readings for this course will be made available upon enrolment via Leganto on the course's MyUni page.
Online LearningThis course is delivered in blended mode and MyUni will be used extensively in this course for announcements, resources, and assessment. Students are expected to be actively checking the MyUni course page regularly for announcements, lecture slides, general course information, assessment details, intensives preparation, additional readings and suggested links. Please ensure you access the MyUni course page before the start of semester. This is your responsibility.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis is a blended course delivered in two two-day on-campus intensives on Fridays and Saturdays (9 – 5pm) with regular online activities to support student learning. Before and after each intensive, weekly discussion forums will strengthen your critical thinking skills and create class community. Intensives are highly interactive and may include expert guest speakers.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Delivery or Engagement Mode Hours Face-to-face intensive workshops (4 full days)* 30-32 hours Online discussion 6-8 hours Assignments, reading and research (Approx 12 hours per week) 120 hours TOTAL 156 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Intensive 1 Module Topic 1 Introduction to Education Policy 2 The Policy Development Process 3 Global Influences on Education Policy 4 Evaluating Education Policy Documents
Interactive Online Activities Modules 5 - 6, Modules 11-12
Interactive discussions on MyUni on Modules 1-4, 5,6 and 12
Intensive 2 Module Topic 7 The Evolving Landscape of Autralian Schooling Policy 8 Quality Education and its Impact on Education Policy 9 Education policy reform: a profession in search of a practice 10 Building a Great Education System from the Inside: National and International Perspectives
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome APST (Lead) 2000-word Literature Review Summative 35% 1, 2 2000-word Research Essay Summative 45% 1, 2 Discussion Forum (x4) Summative 20% 1, 2
Assessment Task Description Due Date Literature Review
(2000 words; 35%)
After reflecting on the many discussions during the first intensive choose a topic from the field of education leadership that interests you in consultation with your lecturer. Contemporary refers to within the past 5 years. For example, topics could include policy trends focusing on student performance, engagement participation, engagement and belonging in education, participation in higher education, literacy, numeracy. Write a literature review of peer-reviewed articles published over the past ten years.
Your review should:
- Determine what has already been written on a topic
- Provide an overview of critical concepts
- Identify major relationships or patterns
- Identify strengths and weaknesses
- Identify any gaps in the research
- Identify any conflicting evidence
Please note: APA, Harvard, Vancouver or style can be used for referencing. Ensure you are consistent with your chosen referencing style throughout your paper. Please
refer to the University of Adelaide Referencing Guides for assistance.
TBA Research Essay
(2000 words; 45%)
- "The evidence is unequivocal: education saves lives and transforms lives, it is the bedrock of sustainability,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. Write an essay analysing and evaluating the strengths and limitations of education policy. You must refer to scholarly publications in your theme to support your claims.
- National policies for improving teaching and the school (or higher education) learning environment is one method to improve student performance. Referring to scholarly publications evaluate the impact of at least two policies from different countries addressing the issue of student performance.
- A topic developed in consultation with your lecturer.
Please note: APA, Harvard, Vancouver or style can be used for referencing. Ensure you are consistent with your chosen referencing style throughout your paper. Pleaserefer to the University of Adelaide Referencing Guides for assistance.
TBA Discussion Forums
There are eight (8) discussion forums for this course. Four (4) discussion boards will be assessed where your comments will be assessed using a marking rubric. Students will complete a total of 6 hours’ worth of discussion boards over the duration of the course.
SubmissionYou must submit an assessment task in accordance with the specified deadline, format and lodgement instructions, except as provided in the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy. All submissions will be via MyUni. Specific information will be provided in the Assessment instructions for each item online. Students will be required to upload all written Assignment via Internet-based plagiarism detection service turnitin on MyUni.
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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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.
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