United Kingdom, London

What Is Education?

when 24 July 2017 - 11 August 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1850

This module will provide an introduction to what it means to study education at a higher level.

The module will provide students with the opportunity to explore key ideas underpinning education with some of the world’s leading experts in education.

Students will attend sessions at the UCL Institute of Education, where a range of experts will present their responses to the question: what is education? These responses will be underpinned by the critical consideration of the following questions:

What is education for, what is its purpose, both here and now and looking to the future?;

What should be its fundamental values and ethics?;

What do we mean by knowledge and learning (including formal and informal learning)?;

What is our concept of education?;

What is our image of the learners, educators, learner contexts, and of community/society?;

Who is responsible for education, and what does it mean to be responsible?

Students will be encouraged to consider and share their responses to these questions, in relation to their own contexts.

Course leader

Jo Pearce has ten years' experience teaching religious education in maintained secondary schools, and eight years' experience teaching education at a higher level, which has contributed to her wide-ranging practical and theoretical knowledge.

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Understand and have first-hand experience of what it means to study education at a higher level;

Be familiar with some of the key ideas underpinning education, as well as with some of the stances taken by world leading experts in education;

Have critically considered and reflected upon the nature and purpose of education, particularly in relation to their own contexts;

Have critically considered and reflected upon the impact of a range of contexts on the nature and purpose of education;

Have developed their own critical and informed responses to questions concerning the nature and purpose of education.

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 1850: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition discount of £400.
GBP 1000: Students may select a room in our designated Summer School residence for a fee of £1000 for one three-week session. The residence is within 20 minutes walk of UCL and comprises of single occupancy bedrooms with private bathroom and shared, fully-equipped kitchen. Bedding, wifi, coin operated laundry and 24 hour security are provided.

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