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ED20437: Intervention, organisation and practice

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Education
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW100
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Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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.

Programme availability:

ED20437 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • UHED-AFB12 : BA(Hons) Education with Psychology (Year 2)
  • UHED-AKB12 : BA(Hons) Education with Psychology with Professional Placement (Year 2)


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