PGCEi Module 1: Educational Aims and Values

I’ve written a bit about why you should do a PGCEi but not much about the course content. So, here it goes…

The first module of the PGCEi (Nottingham) was on the aims and values of education in international contexts. The module covered some fairly broad topics like ‘the purpose of education, the nature of knowledge, the concept of a curriculum’ and so on.

The module was assessed based on process work and an essay. After you’ve done all the reading and module tasks, you write a 1000-word piece of process work outlining your own educational beliefs and values. Then you complete a 4000-word assignment in which you critique a model of schooling based on those values.

What was the module like?

This first module was awesome! The content was really interesting and thought-provoking. I’ve mentioned some of it already – including Bottery’s Educational Codes, Wilson’s summary of curriculum types and so on. The key reading was very well chosen. Not only was it relevant to international contexts, it was fairly accessible as far as academic literature goes.

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