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The central theme of this programme focuses on innovation across Lifelong and Work-related learning sectors. There are two broad strands covered: i) policy and innovative practice and ii) research and theoretical perspectives.
The unique aspect of this course is the ability to align the course content with your own professional practice. You will be able to specialise in a number of directions through your choice of optional units and the focus of your dissertation. The Southampton Education School has extensive research expertise in this area. You will engage in study and research in the company of internationally respected academics.
This programme will appeal to a broad spectrum of teachers and practitioners across all educational sectors but particularly those in post-compulsory education organisations.
The aims of MSc Education Practice and Innovation pathway are for you to:
* Appreciate the context and policy drivers across the Lifelong and Work-Related sector
* Develop an understanding of the nature of educational practice and innovation in the Lifelong and Work-Related sector
* Recognise different forms of innovation in learning and teaching
* Interrogate different forms of innovation and associated claims
* Explore the barriers to and enablers of change in educational innovation
* Recognise and critique the major processes of training and development
* Identify the process of evaluation and its relationship to training and development.
You will study a total of seven modules and produce a dissertation. You will focus on education practice and innovation through the study of two pathway modules such as: Teaching and learning innovation; Curriculum change and innovation; and Lifelong and work-related learning in context.
There may be opportunities to personalise aspects of study within these modules.
Core common modules: Understanding educational research; Learning and teaching; Policy and curriculum; Dissertation studies
Optional modules: one optional module from a range of masters modules offered across the University. The optional module will normally reflect our research expertise in areas such as: lifelong and work-related learning; leadership, school improvement and effectiveness; mathematics and science education; professional practice and pedagogy; social justice and inclusive education; leadership and administration in higher education; mentoring and staff development
Dissertation: 16,000 words
Duration: 1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time)
Assessment: 6 assignments (each equivalent to 4,000 words), dissertation (16,000 words)