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. 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.  


Assessment type Description Grade
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%
Total assessment for this unit will be 8000 words or equivalent.

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