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EDU8218 : Comparative Education

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • 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


• 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
• 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.

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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:3015:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Reading, preparation and completion of assignment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading181:0081:00Reading 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 ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Student Presentations (individual student presentations 15 minutes)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork28:0016:00School visits
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
Essay2M602000 words based on the learning from the module.
Design/Creative proj2M40Students will complete an oral presentation to their peers and a member 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.

Reading Lists