Module Catalogue 2024/25

EDU8218 : Comparative Education

EDU8218 : Comparative Education

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Maria Mroz
  • Lecturer: Dr Alison Whelan, Mrs Susan O'Hagan
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



• To develop knowledge and understanding of different perspectives related to Education
• To develop knowledge and understanding of different theoretical perspectives to the field of Teaching and Learning (pedagogy)
• To develop knowledge and understanding of Comparative Education
• To develop knowledge and understanding of education and pedagogy across a range of international contexts, and the ability to compare those with the student’s own national educational context
• To develop knowledge and understanding of current education policy and practice in England
• To develop a critical understanding of issues in education, such as inclusion
• To develop knowledge and understanding of perspectives on childhood beyond the classroom

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Introduction to the module; comparative education
2. Pedagogy, curriculum and learning theory
3. Comparing aspects of education (Student presentations)
4. Education in England: planning and managing learning
5. Education in England: approaches to the curriculum and assessment
6. Education in England: diversity and inclusion
7. Return to comparative education: conclusions

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

• To understand a range of learning theories within their social and historical contexts
• To understand the relationship between education and society
• To understand a range of philosophical perspectives on education
• To know a range of pedagogical approaches
• To know about the home country education system
• To know about the education systems of a range of other international contexts
• To know about the English education system and its current practices

Intended Skill Outcomes

• To research education systems, reflect on these and draw relevant comparisons
• To reflect on pedagogical approaches
• To collaborate with others and share reflections
• To plan, prepare teach and evaluate a presentation using self and shared reflection
• To carry out professional observations and discussions

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture53:0015:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Reading, preparation and completion of assignment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading191:0091:00Reading related to teaching sessions and assignments
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00Preparation for presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops31:003:00Drop-in workshops to support students in preparing for the presentation and for the assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Student Presentations (individual student presentations 15 minutes)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The longer lectures incorporate opportunities to have smaller seminar based discussions of the set readings and or discussion of TV programmes / parts of programmes presenting educational practice within England.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M602000 words based on the learning from the module.
Design/Creative proj2M40Students will complete an individual oral presentation to a small group of their peers and to two members of teaching staff.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The oral presentations are based on a similar task as the assignment, and the students can investigate the same aspect of education. Thus, the presentations prepare students for the written assignment.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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