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Understanding Education Studies
Critical Issues and New Directions

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ISBN 9781032284682
May 12, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores undergraduate education programmes in a new way. Written by those at the forefront of teaching and learning, it encourages students to delve beneath the surface of their degree subject and reveals important insights about the how, why and where next for education studies.

With contributions from course leaders, tutors, current students and recent graduates, this book offers insights from nearly 60 authors based in 20 different institutions from five different countries. The chapters offer opportunities for readers to consider their own learning experiences in a wider context, enhance their understanding of the degree course, and actively shape the education studies community of the future.

Each chapter is written in an accessible way, with ‘questions to consider’ throughout and ‘recommended readings’ at the end to advance readers’ thinking and reflections. Chapters cover topics such as:

  • Education Studies’ development as a degree subject
  • Its evolving identity, values and purposes
  • Teaching and assessment approaches in undergraduate education programmes
  • How the subject develops students’ professional aptitudes and transferable skills
  • Possibilities for advancing inclusion, equity and justice in education at degree level

These ‘behind the scenes’ factors are brought to the fore through case studies and examples of how lecturers and students make sense of their teaching and learning. With its unique approach to examining these issues, this book is essential for students of Education Studies at undergraduate level while also being relevant for staff and postgraduate students in education.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Mark Pulsford, Ross Purves, Rebecca Morris

Section 1: Positioning Education Studies

2. Education Studies as an Undergraduate University Subject: A Short History

Stephen Ward

3. An International Insight into Education Studies

David Menendez Alvarez-Hevia, Alejandro Rodríguez-Martín, Emilio Álvarez-Arregui

4. Exploring the Identity of an Undergraduate Education Programme

Jenny Elliott, Rupert Knight, Sharon Clancy, Colin Morley

Section 2: Practices and Pedagogies of Education Studies

5. Knowing Learning Matters

Nick Pratt, Abigail O’Brien, Marlon Cole, Bethan Cillo

6. Discovering your Philosophy of Education through Digital Storytelling

Sophie Ward, Laura Mazzoli Smith, Teti Dragas

7. Assessment for Transformation: Adopting a Humanist Approach to Assessment and Feedback on a BA Education Course

Tristan Middleton, Rick Millican, Sian Templeton, Lynda Kay

8. Student Achievement and Wellbeing: Understanding Motivation through Self-Determination Theory

Mark Tymms

9. Taking a Global Perspective: The Nature and Value of Comparative and International Education (CIE) in UK Universities

Leanne Cameron, Rafael Mitchell, Gurpinder Lalli, Brendan Bartram

10. Being ‘International’: The Opportunities and Challenges of Studying Education as an International Student

Yutong Liu, Rebecca Morris, Tasha Peditto, Lingxi Peng, Ross Purves

11. Learning about Research Methods: A Case Study

Louise Gascoine, Laura Mazzoli Smith

12. Education for Sustainability: Connecting Students to Outdoor Learning via Forest School

Dave Cudworth

13. The Role and Value of Arts-Based Learning for Education Studies

Cheryl Cane

Section 3: Challenge and Change in Education Studies

14. Education and Democracy: The Public Sphere Reclaimed for Educational Study

Ted Fleming, Saskia Eschenbacher

15. The Role of Social Justice Theory in Education Studies

Jenny Hatley

16. Inclusive Curriculum Matters: Co-creating a Decolonised Education Curriculum Through Student Voices

Jawiria Naseem, Hua Zhu

17. Speaking through Silence: Embracing Fear and Shame in Anti-racist Education

Heather Knight, Emma Jones

18. Understanding Identity and Positionality through Student-Staff Interactions on an Education Studies Undergraduate Programme

Talitha Bird, Rajvir Gill

19. Men and Masculinities on Undergraduate Education Studies Degrees

Mark Pulsford, Ryan Cazley, Abdullah Daya, Rowan Godfrey, Shenghao Lyu, Taiwo Okutubo

20. Rebalancing Power Relations in Teacher-Student Co-creation

Rosi Smith, Robyn Wall, Lucinda White, Emma Wright, Melissa Vernon

Section 4: The Personal and Professional in Education Studies

21. Employability and Pedagogies for Employability in Education Studies

David Menéndez Álvarez-Hevia, Alexandra Hay

22. Career Identity, Employability and Placements in Education Studies

Catherine A Simon

23. Placements as Mediational Transitions: An Opportunity for Negotiated, Identity-shaping Make-belief Experiences

Gisela Oliveira

24. More than your Degree Title: Transferable Skills, Employability, and Diverse Opportunities for Education Students

David Thompson, Rachel Higdon, Charlotte Barrow

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Mark Pulsford is an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Education Studies at the University of Warwick.

Rebecca Morris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education Studies at the University of Warwick.

Ross Purves is Associate Professor of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University College London’s Faculty of Education and Society.