2010 Course Handbook
EDUC264: Education: The Policy Context
This unit builds on understandings gained in EDUC106 Education: The Social and Historical Context. It provides students with a critical understanding of the importance of education in contemporary society. It examines the policy context of education and the ways in which policy is socially constructed. It analyses the importance of policy in the teaching profession and classroom pedagogy, and in the context of a constantly modernising and globalising society. The impact of the markets on symbolic economy of educational institutions (prospectuses, web sites, advertising) is also analysed. Also analysed are the everyday cultures of schooling. A particular focus of this analysis is the spatial and temporal practices of schools, as exhibited in their architecture, timetabling, and so on. Finally, the unit examines what education ought to be like according to liberal (Plato), libertarian (A. S. Neill) and liberatory (Paulo Freire) educational theorists.
D1 - Day; Offered in the first half-year
X1 - External study; Offered in the first half-year (Session Dates: 17 April; 15 May)
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EDUC106(P) or admission GDipEd or BEd(Prim)
EDUC105(P) or admission GDipEd or BEd(Prim)
Department of Education
For unit timetable information please visit the Timetables@Macquarie Website .