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This module aims to explore the purpose of education and consider its role within society. It will consider the meaning of knowledge and its relationship with time and culture and look at ideologies of education. Attitudes and ideas concerning the above will be placed in a context by examining the history of education and the evolution of the formal system over the past 150 years or so and considering what it might look like in the future.
meaning of education;
purpose of education;
sociological perspectives of society;
meaning of knowledge;
empiricist and rationalist views of knowledge;
ideologies of education;
alternative forms of education;
key developments in the history of British education: primary, secondary, tertiary
future of education.
A student passing this module should be able to:...
1. Outline purposes and ideologies of education;
2. Appreciate how education is shaped by philosophical, historical, and sociological ideas;
3. Articulate personal views on how education should be organised and show awareness of alternative perspectives;
4. Examine a range of information sources to synthesize key issues;
5. Engage in informed debate with peers and present ideas gathered.
6. Understand how education is, or could be, influenced by global and local issues such as social justice, sustainability and futures thinking
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