Professional practice and research in education and training is located within local, national and international policy contexts that shape what is possible to think, write, say and do. These powerful policy discourses tend to represent complex broad problems in simplified ways and recommend solutions that may have unintended consequences. This unit explores historical and contemporary educational policy discourses evident in a range of professional areas. This unit will enable graduate researchers to situate their own professional practice within the local, national and international education and training policy environment. Graduate researchers will be introduced to a range of approaches to policy analysis that will enable them to critique and evaluate relevant policies.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate critical reflection and analysis of selected education and training policies through a systematic investigation;  
  2. Situate the learner's professional practice and biography within a national and international policy context; and  
  3. Appraise and debate the factors driving education and training policies relevant to their profession and generate options for further consideration.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other Critical analysis of literature on education and training policy contexts (via online discussion forum) (equivalent to 2500 words) 30%
Essay Interrogate current education and training policy in relation to the context of their profession and research interest (equivalent to 5000 words) 70%

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