School of Education

Understanding Education Studies - Critical Issues and New Directions

Published this week, this new book includes a chapter from School of Education colleagues.  Chapter four draws on tutors’ experiences working on the University of Nottingham’s BA Education course to explore and articulate the identity of an undergraduate education programme and is a collaboration by Dr Jenny ElliottDr Rupert KnightDr Sharon Clancy and Colin Morley.

About the book

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.

Visit publisher's website for more information and to order.

Posted on Tuesday 30th May 2023

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