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ED10346: Childhood, schooling and education

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Education
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assignment (2000 words) (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The intention of this unit is to:
* introduce students to key historical concepts with regard to education, childhood and schooling;
* introduce students to sociological theories of childhood and the relationship between images of childhood and the provision of schooling;
* familiarise students with research into children's perspectives of school life.

Learning Outcomes:
In completing this unit students would be expected to:
* have an understanding of sociological theories of childhood and an awareness of historical and contemporary debates about the nature of childhood;
* have an historical overview of the school in society and its relationship to changing views of childhood;
* have an awareness of the diversity of provision including both formal and informal contexts for education and schooling;
* have an awareness of different cultures of schooling in terms of systems, policies and histories;
* identify key issues arising from research into children's perspectives of schooling;
* consider how conceptions of childhood map onto notions of adolescence and youth.


* Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (assessed essay) [T/F/A]
* Effective oral communication (seminar presentations) [F]
* Ability to select, summarise and synthesis written information from multiple sources [T/F/A]
* Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models [T/F/A]
* Ability to select and use appropriate ideas to produce a coherent response to a pre-set question [T/F/A]
* Ability to formulate a research question, then develop and present an original & coherent answer [T/F]
* Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines [F/A]
* Ability to work independently, without close supervision or guidance [F/A]


* Definitions of childhood, adolescence and youth
* Historical perspectives and images of childhood in society - the changing natures of roles and responsibilities and their impact on formal and informal learning
* The distinction between education and schooling and the purposes of schooling
* Historical perspectives of the purposes of school in society
* The relationship between changing views of childhood (and dev / soc Psychology) and changes in approaches to schooling. (E.g. the rise of industrialisation gave rise to need for standard workers, gave rise to norms, gave rise to deviation from norms gave rise to special schooling; Eugenics movement plus mass migration into USA gave rise to dev of screening tests (IQ) to select best genetic stock.
* The romantic notion of childhood and its flourish in 60s & 70s gave rise to progressive school movement
* The comparative context/cultures of schooling - how other countries view schooling -, different cultures of and how their views of childhood are manifest in their systems , policies and histories
* Children’s perspectives: how do children see schooling and education.
* Education and schooling - different cultures of schooling -the comparative context , systems, policies and histories; children's perspectives and the pupils' voice.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ED10346 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • UHED-AFB04 : BA(Hons) Childhood, Youth and Education Studies (Year 1)
  • UHED-AKB04 : BA(Hons) Childhood, Youth and Education Studies with Professional Placement (Year 1)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.