Philosophy of Pedagogy - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (50%) , Report (50%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit examines the nature and purpose of education. The unit explores different philosophical perspectives towards the following questions: What is education? Why do we educate? How should we educate? Its goal is to critically evaluate conflicting educational ideas, and in the process, sharpen students’ analytical and philosophical capabilities. By grappling with fundamental philosophical questions, students will engage with theoretical and practical problems of contemporary education, such as, views about human nature, society, moral development, diversity/multiculturalism, student abilities, learning theories and pedagogies of competition and cooperation.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. examine and interpret key philosophical perspectives that contribute to or have contributed to educational thought and practice
  2. appraise the purpose of applying philosophy to practical decision making about learning, learning activities and the assessment of student learning
  3. incorporate and apply philosophy and philosophical perspectives to contemporary educational issues or contexts.
  • Essay (50%)
  • Report (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Additional materials
  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Email address, Admission to Degree

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Classical philosophy
3Post-modernism and post-structuralism
4Eastern approaches
5Reggio Emilia and Montessori
6Dewey and Steiner
8Bruner and Froeble
9Using conceptions of the child
10Nature-based learning
11The indigenous model in Australia
12Ideologies and hegemonies

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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