In this unit of study students explore a wide range of fundamental theories of learning, following the development of learning and teaching through the 20th and early 21st Century. These ideas are considered for relevance in the present day contexts, and personal histories, of the participants. Through a process of analysis, comparison and prediction based on the various learning theories and perspectives, participants will construct a stronger understanding of the process of learning, and the role of the teacher, with particular consideration of 21st century learning requirements and the use of emergent technologies.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate personal and professional needs and strengths in terms of knowledge of teaching and learning.  
  2. Analyse experiences of learning and teaching in a range of contexts  
  3. Evaluate commonly used theories of learning to personal contexts as a framework for understanding;  
  4. Analyse social, economic and political contexts on various forms of teaching and learning;  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Case writing x 2 (approx 2000 words) 20%
Assignment Reflection on case writing includes group discussion and individual written reflection (approx 2500 words) 30%
Review Literature review of key theories and/or theorists (approx 3000 words) 50%

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