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Postgraduate Course: Course 3 - Chartered Teachers As Critical Thinkers: social justice, inclusion and the schooling context (EDUA11223)

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SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits30 ECTS Credits15
SummaryThis course builds on the understanding gained from study in Course 1 and 2 and allows participants to look beyond their own practice to consider wider school practice and the impact of inclusion and issues of social justice on curriculum and its implementation. Participants will critically consider their own and others' educational and social values.

This course will enable participants to locate curriculum change and related policy development within the social context, and to evaluate curriculum and related policy development in light of theories about society, knowledge, learning and social justice.

While much of the focus of the course will be on the school and the classroom it will also explore wider issues in research and policy which promote teachers' capacity to understand and engage in the key policy debates at national and local levels and to apply these in their daily practice. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own school and classroom context, increase their understanding of those processes which can be inclusive or exclusive for pupils and investigate the ways in which curriculum content and methodology, ethos of school and classroom, as well as structures of pastoral care, can be both sources of difficulty and of support.

Building on previous learning in research methods, participants will develop an understanding of approaches to situational analysis. Using their situational analysis as baseline data, participants will devise a plan to undertake a development project that is intended to promote effective responses to diversity.

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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Successful completion of the course will allow participants to: critically discuss different theoretical perspectives of 'Social Justice & Inclusion' and reflect on the design and core principles and purposes of the Scottish curriculum, in relation Social Justice.
  2. understand the impact on education of the inequalities in Scottish society, including the impact of poverty and be aware of the needs of individuals and the range of diversities within the population of Scottish schools and the implications of these for teaching and learning.
  3. identify and consider how to address key legal and policy requirements, obligations and entitlements relating to challenging discriminatory practice and strategies for implementing these
  4. critically review policy into practice within their own contexts, in relation to an aspect of successful provision for diversity
  5. explore ways to listen effectively to the voices of pupils and parents and make appropriate changes to their pedagogical approaches and the curriculum in light of these experiences.
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Additional Class Delivery Information The taught component of the course will consist of 36 hours contact time, normally delivered over 5 x 6 hour sessions and 2 x 3 hours sessions.
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Course organiserDr Gillian Robinson
Tel: (0131 6)51 6426
Course secretaryMrs Dee Scott
Tel: (0131 6)51 6349
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