What you will study
How can education support development? Does increased educational participation and achievement ensure that knowledge and skills can be harnessed to improve health, raise incomes, sustain economic growth and promote equity? Access to high-quality education is a widely recognised human right. But in many low-income countries, participation in even a full course of basic education is not universal. The module considers how these issues and questions are addressed by a variety of international organisations and governments.
This module explores contemporary perspectives, polices and debates, linking education to development, and examines the relevant actions of agencies and governments in a number of economically developing countries. The aim of this module is to support you in developing the skills, knowledge and terminology to understand and act on the relationship between education and development.
This module has a distinctive approach; a series of case files, focused on different topic areas, are used to introduce you to concepts and principles, together with empirical examples that assist in understanding and exploring critically key issues. Readings and audio-visual material in each case file are drawn from a wide variety of academic and other sources, reflecting a variety of geopolitical and historical contexts and development pathways. Through close examination of this material you are encouraged to critically examine the ideas, concepts, values, policies and practices that shape access to, and outcomes of, education in development contexts. The case files will tackle questions such as:
- How can development strategies address the challenges of teacher supply? To what extent can new technologies promote access to education?
- How successful is non-formal education in meeting the literacy needs of women in rural areas?
This module is a wholly online integrated learning experience; the spine of the module will be an interactive online study guide built in the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE). The module employs a range of media tools and resources including use of the Open Library and wider web. Materials are drawn from a range of settings, including non-formal education, post-compulsory education and tertiary education in the ‘global south’.
Through engaging in practical activities, including some in collaboration with fellow students, you will develop a range of investigative skills, particularly locating, analysing and evaluating information from a range of sources and different forms of data.
You will be expected to contribute to and perhaps lead activities and discussions, drawing on aspects of your own experiences, jointly constructing knowledge, and engaging in a reflective learning loop with your own practice and experiences.
Towards the end of the module you will have the opportunity to use the analytical tools, knowledge and strategies you have acquired from the module in assembling your own mini-case file in an area of interest to you.