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Postgraduate Course: Comparative Approaches to Inclusive And Special Education (EDUA11174)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to inclusive and special education in Scotland, in comparison with inclusive and special education in other parts of the world. It is aimed particularly, but not exclusively, at international students. It consists of four strands:

- An overview of inclusive and special education in Scotland, including its historical and current policy contexts
- A series of visits to mainstream and specialist educational settings
- An overview of developments in inclusive and special education worldwide, in the context of globalisation
- Opportunities for students to discuss and reflect upon developments in their home country and/or another country of interest

Scotland has a distinctive approach to inclusive and special education. Uniquely, it has moved away from the model of 'special educational needs' to one of 'additional support for learning'. Students will be introduced to the recent policy contexts that have produced this change, and encouraged to reflect upon changing conceptualisations of inclusive and special education. This strand will be supported by a series of visits to mainstream and specialist schools and settings in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Whilst inclusive and special education has taken a distinctive turn in Scotland, this is in relation to worldwide developments, including those associated with globalisation and development education as well as those directly pertaining to inclusive and special education. The course will take a case-study approach to the study of inclusive and special education in majority and minority world countries: students will be encouraged to explore the relevance of globalisation to the development of inclusive and special education in their country of origin and/or another country of particular interest to them.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Visits to schools - total GBP120 per student
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 24, External Visit Hours 8, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 161 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment
In weeks 5, 6 and 7 of the course, students will give a short, informal presentation of policy, practice and provision in their home country or another country of interest to them. They will be offered informal tutor feedback on this presentation. No credit will be available for this component.

Summative Assessment
Students will write a 4,000-word essay on an aspect of the course of their own selection, by negotiation with the course organiser. This will be formally assessed.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:

- Demonstrate an understanding of recent developments in inclusive and special education in Scottish policy, practice and provision
- Use knowledge of the policy context to analyse practice in schools, and use knowledge of practice in schools to analyse the policy context
- Relate developments in Scotland to those in their home country and/or another country of interest
- Critically analyse the impact of globalisation and development education (where relevant) in shaping policy, practice and provision in special and inclusive education
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 3 hour(s) per week for 4 week(s). Students will undertake a total of four visits to schools/other educational settings.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Lani Florian
Course secretaryMrs Susan Scott
Tel: (0131 6)51 6573
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