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EDPB5017: International Policy Trends in Education

This unit investigates and analyses key trends in education change and reform, including: shifting priorities in education policies; increasing emphasis on educational outcomes, testing and international comparisons of learning achievement; significance of shifts fostering lifelong learning and human capital formation; trends in educational accountability; changes in the role of the state and implications for the financing of education; privatisation and decentralisation of education. Impact of major demographic, economic and labour market developments on education policies; impact on youth policy and transition from school to work, and educational implications.

Code EDPB5017
Academic unit Education
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. develop a critical awareness of a range of key trends in educational provision across a range of nations
  • LO2. understand the impact of demographic developments, economic growth and employment shifts on youth from a global perspective
  • LO3. understand how education as an investment in human skills can contribute to personal development, which in turn can contribute to personal and social development with the potential result of reducing social inequality
  • LO4. develop critical understanding of why, despite widening access to education, outcomes continue to vary greatly for individuals, between as well as within countries
  • LO5. gain an experience of having applied these skills to advanced academic research, bibliographic searches and writing skills.

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