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.
EED6001 - Contemporary Issues in Education and Training
|1.||Evaluate commonly used theories of learning to personal contexts as a framework for understanding;|
|2.||Articulate and defend an evidence-based stance on learning and teaching;|
|3.||Analyse experiences of learning and teaching using established models and in a range of contexts|
|4.||Compare and contrast the relevance of learning models to a range of contexts;|
|5.||Analyse social, economic and political contexts on various forms of teaching and learning;|
|6.||Formulate contextualised action plans for learning and teaching through the application of learning frameworks; and|
|7.||Investigate personal and professional needs and strengths in terms of knowledge of teaching and learning.|
|Review||Review of key readings||20%|
|Essay||Essay response on the topic of "Understanding"||30%|
|Presentation||Oral Presentation to inform the final essay.||10%|
|Essay||Essay in which individual contexts are interpreted and analysed.||40%|
The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice
Dumont, H., Istance, D., & Benavides, F. (eds.) (2010)
Educational Research and Innovation, OECD Publishing
How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School: Expanded Edition.
National Research Council. (2000)
Washington, DC: The National Academies Press
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