Subject details

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

  1. identify and interpret the sources of current trends in education
  2. analyse and deconstruct the impact international trends have on the local education context
  3. evaluate and critique the impact international trends have on learning and teaching
  4. develop a predictive overview of future trends that will influence education.
  • Topics
    • Neoliberalism and governance
    • Data and testing (1)
    • Data and testing (2)
    • Competition, privatisation and choice
    • School autonomy
    • Private study and consultations
    • Educational leadership
    • School effectiveness & improvement
    • Re-casting inequality
    • Educating in diverse contexts
    • Consultations and unit review
    • Reforming professional identity
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • FAQs
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment
  • OtherDetails -
    • Additional materials

This subject examines the current trends shaping education systems and educational practice. It adopts an international perspective and examines developments in theories, research and policy that influence and change education and schooling. It explores the major influences education systems and their consequences for schools, teachers and learners. This subject provides educators with the theoretical and conceptual tools to understand and respond critically to contemporary educational change.

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  • Assignment 1 - Investigation Project (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Case Study (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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