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Schooling and Society - Research Skills (BED300)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1E-internal, S1E-external
Description The broad aims of this unit are to develop:
1. your understanding of the social context of schooling and the complex interactions between education and society.
2. your understanding of educational inequalities and their causes and consequences.
3. your analytical and critical thinking skills; writing and communication skills; and ability to collect and synthesize research findings.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
1. engage with philosophical, historical and sociological perspectives about education and schooling;
2. gather, analyse and synthesize research literature about a topic of your choice;
3. think critically about policy and its effects;
4. write more effectively.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; workshops: 2 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is designed to inform the beginning teacher about the larger social context that impacts on their profession and practice. This unit aims to get students to think deeply, and maybe differently, about the aims, philosophies and outcomes of schools and schooling. This will occur through the lectures and workshops / online discussion forums, and is embedded in the assessment tasks.
Assessment Assessment in this unit includes workshop/online discussion board participation, a midterm quiz about writing skills, a research essay on a topic of your choice, and a final exam.
Prerequisites Successful completion of BED200 Assessment and Action Research OR EDN222 Learning Teaching and Assessment.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EDN331/EDN3311 Schooling and Society may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (BEd(PrimTeach))
Bachelor of Education (Primary, 1-10 Health and Physical Education) (BEd Primary 1-10 HPE)
Primary, 1-10 Health and Physical Education (BEd) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Associate Professor Laura Perry
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6983
e: L.Perry@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.009 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1E-External
MURDOCH: S1E-Internal
Associate Professor Laura Perry
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6983
e: L.Perry@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.009 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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