In this unit of study students explore a wide range of fundamental contemporary theories of learning and theorists with a view on the ongoing development and debate in this area. These ideas are considered for relevance in the present day contexts and in the personal perspectives of the participants. Through a process of analysis, comparison and prediction based on the various learning theories and perspectives, participants will construct and apply a stronger understanding of the process and context of learning and the role of the teacher and learner.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and review personal and professional engagement, action, practice for the purpose of learning in your own teaching, teaching within your discipline, your own learning and student learning;  
  2. Analyse your own professional context in relation to educational, social, economic and political factors, ethical dilemmas and embracing contemporary theories of learning;  
  3. Apply critical reflective practice to review and improve your own learning and teaching, teaching within your discipline, student learning and related activities;  
  4. Apply scholarly readings on theories of learning to inform and improve teaching and related educational practices.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Case writing 20%
Assignment Reflection on a case in reference to the changing nature of learning and teaching and the professional context 40%
Project Designing an action plan for improvement utilising the contemporary theories of learning 40%
Assessments equal an equivalent word count of 8000 words

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