The field of educational research sets as objectives to explore notions, theories and trends within the filed, to define and transfer types, characteristics and shared terminology, to describe and utilise methods and techniques of quantitative and qualitative research in a critical manner towards the concrete educational phenomenon. The educational research student, passionate about conducting research, has to immerse him/herself in research projects and research teams and throughout the studies gains reflexive, critical and analytical competencies and the ability to innovate the existing educational practices.
Making use of other disciplines like psychology, anthropology, sociology and philosophy, educational research sets out to conduct its activity in a rigorous and systematic way. Due to the broad base for the methodology of educational research, the results are not always generalizable and have to be interpreted in the context of the used methodology.
This course offers an introduction to the theory and practice of alternative education. Develop your ideas about what kind of teacher you want to be and how to create a classroom atmosphere based on having confidence in children, with room to develop their own potential. Ideas as independence and responsibility for oneself as well as for others play an important part. In alternative schools children’s needs and the relationship with the teacher are dealt with in an innovative way.
The main aim of this course is to improve your Academic English writing skills by means of practical assignments. The following aspects of academic writing will be dealt with: how to avoid common grammatical mistakes; how to avoid informal, non-academic language; how to write coherent paragraphs; how to write an effective introduction; how to describe your methods and results;
This module, which can be taken as part of a masters degree at the Institute of Education or as a stand-alone short course, considers the contexts, purposes and practices of leadership within a global perspective. School leaders have always faced challenges, but the demands and pace of change have increased, as well as pressures and expectations...
This module aims to challenge and enhance participants' knowledge and understanding of national and international issues central to primary education. The curriculum and its management as well as the impact of the management of the curriculum on the learning environment will be considered.
Development education is an approach to learning that leads to a greater understanding of global relationships and inequalities, of including why they exist and what can be done about them. It encourages learners of all ages to explore how global issues link in with their everyday lives. This online module aims to develop greater understanding of the theory and practice of development education in the era of globalisation.
This module is taught as a 2-day intensive workshop and aims to provide course members with an opportunity to examine, explore and integrate a range of practical and theoretical issues of teaching large groups of students, in a workshop setting.
This masters-level module, which can also be taken as a stand-alone short course, addresses the field of English for Academic Purposes. This is one of the fastest growing areas of TESOL and is now a major force in both innovative pedagogy and research.
The module provides a critical introduction to and development of specialist expertise in using music technology in six core areas of sound and its properties; basic audio processing; introduction to MIDI; digital audio basics; basic recording; and introduction to music sequencing. It will also address the dynamic relationship between research and practice in the field.
This module introduces a range of concepts from the social and political sciences that assist the understanding and analysis of the relationship between education, learning and international development in low and middle income countries.
In this masters-level module, which can also be taken as a stand-alone short course, we examine conceptions of ideology, discourse and subjectivity that help us to think about the relation between the individual and the language, conventions and expectations of the political and social world.
The use of information and communications technology (ICT) is now a central part of education provision and practice. This module introduces students to some of the key issues in the field and addresses some fundamental and often unvoiced questions about the burgeoning development and implementation of digital technologies in education.
The masters-level module, which can also be taken as a stand-alone short course, considers the development of materials for teaching languages on a theoretical and practical basis.