Introduction to Educational Studies II-E2

Numbering Code U-LAS04 20007 LE47 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year Mainly 1st & 2nd year students Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Mon.1
Instructor name Emmanuel MANALO (Graduate School of Education Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course The main purpose of this course is to introduce some key concepts, issues, and perspectives in the study of education. Through a series of lectures, exercises, and discussions in class, students will be encouraged to consider various important issues about student and teacher roles, and what happens in the classroom and beyond. Through a small group project, students will investigate and reflect on one aspect of educational provision in Japan in comparison to another country.
Course Goals Following on from Introduction to Educational Studies I, the goals of this course are:
- To further facilitate students' acquisition of knowledge about some of the important concepts, issues, and ideas in educational studies
- To continue to foster in students an understanding and appreciation of the multiple perspectives that exist in the study and practice of education
- To encourage students to think about the relevance and applications of the knowledge they are acquiring
- To facilitate the development of students' thinking and communication skills in English
Schedule and Contents Course Schedule
The following is a guide to what will be covered during the 16 weeks of the semester. As required, some minor adjustments may be made to this schedule.
Week 1: Introduction to the course and to the role of technology in education
Week 2: The "flipped" classroom: reconsidering teacher and student roles
Week 3: Early childhood education: lecture and discussion
Week 4: Compulsory school education: lecture and discussion
Week 5: Further and higher education: lecture and discussion
Week 6: Discussion of student project on investigating and comparing educational provisions in Japan, part 1
Week 7: Discussion of student project on investigating and comparing educational provisions in Japan, part 2
Week 8: Motivation and school achievement: lecture and discussion
Week 9: Lifelong learning: lecture and discussion
Week 10: Lifelong learning: reflections on its value
Week 11: Race and social class inequalities in education: lecture and discussion
Week 12: Inequalities in education: reflections about the effectiveness of strategies for addressing inequalities
Week 13: Educational research: lecture and discussion
Week 14: Educational research: some considerations about what, why, and how
Week 15: Final examination
Week 16: Feedback week

Course Conduct
Students taking this course will be expected to prepare for each class by reading the appropriate textbook pages and any other materials that the instructor assigns. Class sessions will comprise of lectures provided by the instructor to summarize key points, highlight important issues, and introduce students to other pertinent information that bear on the topic being covered: these will all be provided on the assumption that students have undertaken the preparatory readings. The class sessions will also involve pair, small group, and/or plenary discussions, and exercises for students to complete individually or in cooperation with other students. Active participation in these discussions and exercises is necessary to meet coursework/grading requirements. 40% of the course grade is based on a portfolio of work that students complete relating to the topics dealt with in the course (i.e., exercises completed in class, notes on key points raised in discussions with other students, notes taken from and reflections on assigned and other readings undertaken, etc.).
Evaluation Methods and Policy Portfolio of work = 40%, Report (750 words) = 20%, Class discussion participation and contribution = 20%, Final examination = 20%
Course Requirements There are no prerequisites, but it is preferable if students have taken Introduction to Educational Studies I before taking this course.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students will be expected to spend about 90 minutes each week on out-of-class preparation, readings, and assignments.
Textbooks Textbooks/References An introduction to the study of education (4th ed.), Matheson, D., (London: Routledge), ISBN:415623103