EDFD709 Learning, Development and Educational Practice
This unit explores the interconnected nature of knowledge and multidisciplinary approaches to learning. It considers a broad and encompassing view of learning that goes beyond the instrumental view of education to one that emphasises continuing development and lifelong learning. The principles and perspectives of diverse learning theories and associated methodologies are examined within the broader political and social contexts of educational practice. Synergies between theory and practice are explored through a critique of traditional approaches to educational practice and alternative types of learning. This unit challenges the candidates to reflect critically on their understanding of the nature of learning and development in terms of their particular research interest through interconnecting lenses. These include their own assumptions and experiences as learners and educators, the experiences and perceptions of others in professional roles within changing educational contexts and the scholarly literature relevant to a particular research interest or problem.