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EDU8218 : Comparative Education and Pedagogy

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Maria Mroz
  • Other Staff: Dr Alison Whelan
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


• To develop knowledge and understanding of different theoretical and philosophical 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
• To maximise coherence, structure and programme distinctiveness across the MAEIP programme by providing module content focused on comparative education and pedagogy, and opportunities for joined study across the MAEIP pathways.
• To develop theoretical frames of reference, relevant to other modules provided within the MAEIP programme

Outline Of Syllabus

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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion193:0093:00Preparation and completion of assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture93:0027:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading96:0054:00Reading related to teaching sessions and assignments
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical10:150:15Presentation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading119:4519:45Preparation for presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Student Presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops31:003:00Drop-in workshops to support students in preparing for the presentation and for the assignment
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A large number of pedagogical approaches are used within this module as a whole. This is an intentional element of the module design, to highlight the necessity to adapt method to learning outcome, and students will be asked to reflect on the effectiveness of the methods used in relation to the learning which took place.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A1003,000 word discussion based on learning from the module
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1AInformal Peer assessment and teacher interaction to guide re: links to module content
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.

Reading Lists