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ED20437: Intervention, organisation and practice

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: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 70%, OR 30%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • coursework (2000 words) (CW 70%)
  • Group presentation (OR 30%)
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 aims of this unit are to:
* develop analytic and integrative skills that are important for analysing, planning and evaluating interventions directed toward realising policy-motivated programmes, with a special focus on educational and social service practices;
* support these skills with relevant conceptual resources including key theoretical ideas and methodological perspectives from psychological, sociological and organisational research traditions;
* give special emphasis to (a) forming theoretically-motivated reasons for interventions, (b) evaluating proposed interventions for their theoretical justifications, and (c) conceptualising persons in relation to practices, organisations, and institutions.

Learning Outcomes:
In completing this unit students will be expected to:
* develop a systematic and reasoned plan for an intervention that takes account of historical, institutional, organisational, and psychological aspects;
* give a general account of key ideas in cultural-historical psychology;
* give general accounts of the ideas of practice, organisation, and institution;
* have a general awareness of different methodological approaches for developing interventions;
* have a general knowledge of central concepts about organisational description, function, and development;
* have a general awareness of central methodological issues in organisational development.


* Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (e.g. essays)
* Effective oral communication (e.g. seminar and final presentations)
* Ability to select, summarise and synthesis written information from multiple sources
* Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models
* Ability to apply theory into practice
* Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines
* Ability to work effectively as part of a group or team, without close supervision and guidance.


* historical perspectives on institutions and interventions in relation to children
* conceptualising relations between social policy and institutional practices, especially in relation to education and social services
* theoretical concepts about practice (e.g., theory of activity, cultural-historical science)
* cultural-historical psychology (e.g., genetic law, zone of proximal development, self-regulation of action, and other concepts, including such theorists as Vygotsky, Leontiev, El'konin, Hedegaard)
* intervention approaches (e.g., action research, child and practice-centred approach)
* concepts of organising and organisation (e.g., metaphors of organisation, organisational learning, organisational knowledge)
* organisational boundaries (e.g., power, recontextualisation, inter-organisational relations, loosely-coupled systems)
* methodological approaches to organisational development (e.g., practice-developing research)
* programme evaluation, including concepts of formative and summative evaluation.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ED20437 is a Generally Available Unit which is available to all students of the University (subject to the usual constraints) to take either as a Director of Studies approved option within their programme of study or as an 'extra' unit which does not count towards a final award.

ED20437 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • UHED-AFB04 : BA(Hons) Childhood, Youth and Education Studies (Year 2)
  • UHED-AKB04 : BA(Hons) Childhood, Youth and Education Studies with Professional Placement (Year 2)

* 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.