EDU-20019 - Special Education: introduction to theory and practice
Coordinator: Aneta M Hayes Tel: +44 1782 7 33556
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

Yes

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None but priority will be given to Ed studies and BG students.

Description for 2020/21

This module introduces students to key debates, issues, and concepts in the field of inclusive/special education in the US. Rooted in a US context and taught by a guest tutor from the US, the module critically explores current and past theories and philosophies that provide the basis for current special education practice. The module also explores the applications of special/inclusive education research on classroom practice. In order to achieve this, students engage with debates and research on characteristics, assessment techniques, educational considerations, and the role of technology in meeting particular learning needs in the school context. Finally, they reflect on the consequences of special education theory and practice for the role of the teachers.
Lectures include topics such as: 'Inclusion and Mainstreaming: Helpful or Harmful?'; 'Helping Children with Learning Disabilities to Succeed', 'Gifted and Talented in the Classroom: Is Special Education Necessary?'

Aims
a. To explore current debates around particular forms of disability and exceptionality and relate these to research about classroom practice;
b. To explore the ways in which the theory of special education is carried into professional practice. The critical role of teachers is at the core of the module;
c. To introduce students to particular learning needs as well as teaching strategies and issues related to pedagogy.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.
http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/edu-20019/lists

Intended Learning Outcomes

outline and evaluate current and past theories and philosophies that provide the basis for special education practice; will be achieved by assessments: 1
explore the applications of research on particular disabilities on classroom practice and, the applicability of pedadgogic strategies from one context to another; will be achieved by assessments: 1
engage with debates and research on characteristics, assessment techniques, educational considerations, and the role of technology in dealing with particular learning needs in the school context; will be achieved by assessments: 1
reflect on the consequences of special education theory and practice for the role of the teachers; will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2
apply key concepts related to inclusion/special education across educational and international contexts with a particular focus on the US and the UK. will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2

Study hours

22 contact hours (9 lectures; 9 seminars; 2 hour workshop on assessment; 2 hour group presentation)
44 hours preparation for seminars including group presentation
34 hours private study
50 hours preparation for written assignment

School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 90%
An essay of 3,500 words to be selcted from a list of options relating to module themes.
Students are required to write an original essay of 3,500 words, to be submitted via Turnitin. The essay will count as 90% of their final mark. The students will be given 5 essay topics to choose from. They will be required to select one topic.

2: Group Presentation weighted 10%
Group presentation on a topic of interest selected by the group. Findings to be reported to class.
In small groups of three to five, to include both Bowling Green and UK students, present an interesting overview of a related topic of their choosing from the module. The group topics must be pre-approved by the course instructor. This presentation will be of a designated time limit with time allocated for brief questions from the class audience. The purpose for this presentation is for students to present their own arguments to prepare for the final module essay. This is an opportunity to research and present ideas that may be used in writing the essay. Group size 3-5 students Pre-approved topic related to the course 10-15 minute presentation time limit, including audience questions Must include visual format (i.e. PowerPoint, Prezi, or other) Handout one page (not the PPT notes) with five (5) resources cited.