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Education is the subject to study if you are interested in becoming a teacher, but it is also so much more than that. It is an interdisciplinary subject. This course is aimed at students who have a broad interest in the field of education. The subject of Education Studies is concerned with the complex and contested nature of education in its widest sense. The emergence of national schooling and other tertiary systems has meant that education is an issue of economic, political, individual and social concern both locally and globally. Education Studies offers an excellent study option for those looking for careers in the broad educational field, including those who are keen to go on to teach in schools. The degree opens up a variety of routes via post graduate study into teaching but also equips graduates for careers in educational publishing, educational research, further academic study, work with welfare based organisations, learning support opportunities, charities and other voluntary based groups. Students are also well prepared to continue their academic career via Masters and Doctoral programmes if they choose.

The overall aims of the Programme are:

1. Explore the underpinning fundamentals of education including historical and social developments both past and present, and the philosophical, psychological and sociological theories on which modern education has been established.

2. Consider a range of educational systems and settings, selected from local, national and international examples, with scope for pursuing students own particular professional interests.

3. Develop a critical understanding of educational environments and approaches in relation to social justice, social policy and educational diversity.

4. Develop and deepen an understanding of the practices of teaching and learning in a range of educational Settings.

5. Recognise and evaluate the process of human learning and the impact learning and education have not only within schools and other formal educational institutions but also within the wider social context, as learners progress and change from childhood and adolescence to adult life.

6. Cultivate a critical perspective on contemporary education and consider the possible directions of its future development.

7. Critically reflect on personal values in relation to education and make connections to the assumptions made within educational contexts.

8. Complete research enquiries on educational issues and in educational settings, demonstrating critical thinking and skills to effectively design, complete and report on educational research, including the collection and analysis of numerical or narrative data, that reaches balanced conclusions positioned within the existing literature.

9. Develop a well-informed, enquiring, analytical and critical disposition towards educational policy and practice.

10. Make links between theory and practice; reflect critically on real-life experiences.

On successful completion of the course students will be able to;

1. understand the processes of learning, including some of the key paradigms and their impact on educational practices

2. show awareness of relevant aspects of cultural and linguistic differences and societies; politics and education policies; philosophical underpinnings, including issues of social justice, and their effects on learning

3. show familiarity with formal and informal contexts for learning. Educational contexts will include some understanding of the student’s own education system and other education systems, and the value systems underpinning the organisation of these

4. demonstrate the complex interactions between education and its contexts, and relationships with other disciplines and professions.