028225 Issues in Education: Local and Global Contexts
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Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade, no marks
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The aim of this subject is to enhance students' understanding of major issues in Australian education in the context of an ever-changing world that has become a global village through innovative technology, transnational migration and internationalisation of economic systems. What impacts do these changes have in shaping educational outcomes for students?
Through and introduction to social theory the subject enables the development of an understanding of the social, cultural, economic and political forces shaping education in Australia and globally. It explores the ways in which these forces interact in the Australian context to influence educational outcomes. This subject focuses on a critical-reflective approach to educational practices and beliefs highlighting the importance of discussion and dialogue in the development of our understanding of educational issues. The following issues are examined: the construction of knowledge and the curriculum in schools and tertiary institutions, social theories and socialisation, poverty and disadvantage, globalisation, gender, cultural diversity, global citizenship, development and human rights.
Subject learning objectives (SLOs)
|a.||Explain how education systems now operate in a global context and how social, economic and political factors and trends impact on these systems. (GTS 1.3,1.3.2, 1.4.2);|
|b.||Explore differing viewpoints on issues of gender, diversity, human rights, poverty and social justice their impact on educational attainment in the global context; (1.4, 1.3, 1.5, 2.6,3.2, 3.6, 4.1, 5.4)|
|c.||Critically reflect on how social, economic and political issues and policies impact on education systems and schools and in the workplace (GTS 1.3 1.4.2 1.5 1.5.1);|
|d.||Explain the contested nature of key aspects of education within Australia and in other countries, including in the Asia-Pacific region (GTS 3.1, 4.1.1);|
|e.||Describe global challenges and opportunities for education in the 21st Century (GTS 1.3, 6.1.1, 7.1).|
Contribution to the development of graduate attributes
This subject addresses the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:
2. Critical and Creative Inquiry
2.1 Analyse and synthesise research and engage in inquiry (GTS 3)
2.2 Make well-informed contributions to contemporary debates pertinent to education (GTS3)
3. International and Intercultural Engagement
3.1 Respond critically to national and global changes that affect learners, learning and the creation of a well-informed society (GTS 3)
5. Active Citizenship
5.1 Operate ethically with a commitment to social justice (GTS 4, 7)
6. Effective Communication
6.1 Communicate effectively using diverse modes and technologies (GTS 2, 3, 4)
6.2 Exhibit high level numeracy and literacies (GTS 2)
Teaching and learning strategies
The subject will be delivered on a weekly basis comprising a 1 hour lecture and 2 hours tutorial. At each lecture different key issues related to teaching in schools will be covered.
Students will experience the learning in this subject through a combination of lectures, tutorial discussions, online communication and web blogs, group presentations and observations of workplace practices and research based assignments.
Brief written comments will be provided on assignments. Some early feedback on progress will be provided. Students may seek clarification of these comments, or their grade, by consulting with their designated lecturer. Students should request appointments for such consultations. Assignments submitted by the due date should be returned within three weeks of submission. If an assignment is not returned within this timeframe please call your lecturer or the Subject Coordinator responsible for your subject.
The subject is organised around ‘Key Issues’ which are addressed by themes as shown below:
Key issues in Education (PA 1.7, 2.1, 2.4, 4.1. 4.2)
- Sociological theories and education (PA 6.1);
- Globalisation; a brief history of globalisation (PA 2.4, 2.5);
- Economic; cultural; impact of trans-national migration (PA 2.4, 2.5 );
- Education and globalisation – highlighting the issues (PA 6.1).
- Poverty and disadvantage and its impact on education;
- Gender and Education;
- Social justice and human rights;
- Global citizenship
CONTENT Themes linked to key issues
- Australia in a Global context including in the Asia-Pacific (PA 6.2, 6.3, 6.10)
- Thinking globally;
- International conventions and Australia’s role;
- International responsibilities.
- Diversity and identity in a globalised world (PA 6.1, 6.2)
- Old ties new ties : Australia’s connection to the Asia-Pacific region;
- Trans national migration and its impact;
- Working within diversity;
- Workers’ rights and conventions.
- The pedagogy of Active Citizenship (PA 1.1, 1.5, 2.10, 6.11 )
- Explanations and definitions of active citizenship in a global context;
- Engaging people to be active world citizens;
- Case studies – eg human rights; gender.
- Sustainable futures (PA 1.2, 2.9, 3.9, 4.7)
- Reflecting on economic, cultural and social sustainability;
- Building sustainable communities;
- Global challenges.
- Connecting Globally (PA 3.1, 3.2, 3.14)
- Social media and technology centred teaching;
- Challenges and possibilities of mutual learning from global communities;
- Establishing partnerships with global communities. Aid and Development
- Subject Overview and Governance issues (PA 5.8 5.9)
- Ethical behaviour;
- Professional practices;
- Peace building and conflict resolution in a global context.
Weekly Tutorial outlines will be provided during Orientation week.
Assessment task 1: Policy submission to the Minister of Education
a, b, c, d and e
Part a) 15 min ppt (peer assessment of (10%): to be marked in class)
Further Information: more detailed information will be available separately
Part b) 1500 word written submission (40%) -Students submit individual written submissions.
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Assessment task 2: Report on a specific critical issue in Education studied in this subject
a, b, c, d and e
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Attendance at tutorials is essential to discuss and share ideas about this topic and its place in contemporary society. An attendance roll will be taken at each class. Students who fail to attend 8 out of 9 tutorials will be refused to have their final assessment marked (see UTS Rule 3.8).
Welch, A., Connell, R., Mockler, N., Sriprakash, A., Proctor, H., Hayes, D., Foley, D., Vickers. M., Bagnall, N., Burns, K., Low, R., and Groundwater-Smith, S., (2018). Education, Change and Society. Fourth Edition Oxford University Press, South Melb. VIC.
The Text book can be ordered online or through Glebe books, 49 Glebe Point Rd (they offer a 10% discount). Subject Reader will contain relevant articles on key issues in this subject. UTS Printery will print on demand. More information will be provided on where you order the readings. In addition an ereadings list will be added to UTSonline
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