ED3BCE-Changing Education: an Educational Project for Social Justice

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Prof Catherine Tissot
Email: c.tissot@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

In this module, students consolidate the learning from PD1 and PD2, and further develop their understanding of how theory and practice, in abstract and tangible reality, interact in an education domain they consider interesting and relevant to their own professional development. The numerous industries and vocations associated with this degree require students to be enterprising and skilled, not only in terms of their subject area, but also in their ability to manage themselves and their careers professionally, and this module will require students to think carefully about their passions, professionalism and employability. Students will consider learning that has taken place throughout the programme and apply contextually-sensitive approaches to education in their areas of focus. Students will get the opportunity to plan a detailed and wide-ranging proposal for an educational project that draws upon the full range of topics discussed and considered during the module, with a clear emphasis on their own professional development in their chosen context.


This module enables students to broaden their experience further through a range of educational case-studies, some involving guest speakers from various associated fields.  Students will develop awareness of the range of considerations required for an impact to be made in the world of education, and will increase their knowledge of the career opportunities that are available to them and the skills required to make effective applications. The assignment, a project proposal, provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of what is required to pitch, start and manage a new venture, applying basic skills in a range of areas as well as showcasing their creative solutions to a problem.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • Critically evaluate different approaches to learning in relation to students’ own professional development

  • Critically reflect on a range of professional roles in associated fields and understand the professional standards required

  • Develop careers information retrieval, research and decision making skills, using a variety of sources including the internet and interviews

  • Identify the purpose and the processes of recruitment interviews and understand how to perform effectively.

  • Plan, develop and present a proposal for a non-cost, volunteer-based, project to an educational institution, exploring the logistics of making this a fully operating venture through case studies and research

  • Present, reflect upon and discuss the process of such a project, with a particular focus on their own professional development in the range of roles and actions required to thrive in this area of education.

Additional outcomes:

Students will develop their transferable skills. They may gain valuable experience and contacts to help them to decide on a career and to gain support in their chosen path.

Outline content:

The early lectures will each investigate a specific educational sector, covering a range of issues relevant to each’s aims and context. The students will draw upon this knowledge in subsequent sessions where they will have to locate their own professional interests and skills at this stage of the degree, which will be scrutinised through a formative mock-interview. In the Spring term the assignment project will be launched, and several real-life case studies (of successes and failures) will be examined. The students will each receive at least one tutorial that will give tailored and focussed support for their project, both in the theory and application. After the students have submitted and presented their proposals, there will be a celebratory, collaborative session at the end for students to share the outcomes from this module.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 14 4
Seminars 4 2
Tutorials 1 1
Project Supervision 8
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 20 50
    Wider reading (directed) 20
    Peer assisted learning 10
    Advance preparation for classes 10
    Preparation for tutorials 1
    Preparation for presentations 10 20
    Preparation for seminars 10
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 10
    Reflection 5
Total hours by term 99 89 12
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 50
Oral assessment and presentation 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Presentation – which can be submitted electronically as a video file (50%)

Report - summary of project proposal and reflection (50%)

The formal assessment will take the form of a project proposal and a reflective report. The project proposals will be presented at the end of the Spring Term, and will last no longer than 15 minutes. They can be submitted as video files if the students wish to present their proposal in a more creative way. The reflective account will be a chance for the students to summarise the key features of their proposal in relation to their own professional development, and the links to relevant literature. The Presentations, resources and reflective account will all be submitted on the same day, irrespective of when the presentations are schedule to be delivered.

Formative assessment methods:

There will be opportunities for formative feedback at after the mock-interviews in the Autumn term, and during the four weeks preceding the submission deadline in the Spring term.

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:


Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission during the summer resit period.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

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5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 

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Last updated: 25 October 2021


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