ADLNG500-19B (BLK)

Issues in Adult and Tertiary Education

30 Points

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Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education
Te Whiringa Educational Leadership and Policy

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Paper Description

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Aim of the paper

The aim of this course is to develop an understanding of theories and ideas about adult education and learning development in a range of settings such as formal education, non-formal education and informal learning spaces. The paper will explore some of the benefits, issues and tensions related to each. On a macro level, New Zealand's tertiary education system has strong links to industry, community and the global economy. On a micro-level, tertiary education can help each person to improve their life, and the lives of those around them. This paper adopts both a macro and a micro perspective to understanding issues in adult and tertiary education and implications within professional communities.

Nature of the paper

Students will examine different approaches to conceptualising adult and tertiary education and how these ideas have changed over time. We will explore economic and political approaches used to influence these ideas, and how ideas about adult and tertiary education have influenced policy and provision of lifelong learning. Students are encouraged to engage with the course content critically and, through questioning, discussion and debate, to explore and evaluate their own perceptions and those of others. It is acknowledged that participants represent a diversity of interests and experiences, and there is provision within the paper to pursue topics of personal interest while developing a coherent philosophical base and a research design to address a specific issue.

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Paper Structure

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This paper will run throughout Semester B, from the week beginning Monday 8th July 2019 to the week ending Friday 1st November, 2019. The paper design relies on your participation as essential for it to be successful; therefore, you will be encouraged to actively contribute to your personal learning journey and outcomes. The paper will be taught similarly to a directed study paper with underlying principles of active and self-directed learning. This means in practice that the lecturer will steer the course through presenting new topics and materials for you to engage with, and you will be encouraged to be semi-autonomous and self-directed in your studies.

The paper is structured in a way that enables you to build on your understanding in a cumulative fashion through undertaking three assignments. In the course of enquiry, you will develop more in-depth knowledge of a specific issue. Accordingly, the bulk of the course will involve directed student reading and learning activities. Individual and/or class time with the lecturer to explore the key themes, primarily through discussion, will be arranged directly with you. In addition to face-to-face contact, some communication and activities will occur via Moodle.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Develop a sound understanding of the nature of adult and tertiary education in Aotearoa New Zealand
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  • Provide convincing arguments based on relevant evidence to critique perspectives from theory, policy and/or practice in adult/tertiary education or lifelong learning
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  • Analyse an issue from the field of adult/tertiary education and present a critical discussion based on solid research.
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Assessment

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The assessment for this paper is designed on a cumulative model. Initially, students read broadly and subsequently focus on a specific issue for further investigation, culminating in a research proposal.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Annotated bibliography
16 Aug 2019
5:00 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Seminar & synopsis
20 Sep 2019
5:00 PM
30
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
3. Research proposal
25 Oct 2019
5:00 PM
40
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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There is no set textbook for this paper. Relevant Literature will be recommended and provided to students based on the topic of interest chosen by individual students. The nature of this course is more concerned with discussion based on directed student readings than it is with formal teaching and lecturing. A recommended reading list will be supplied in Moodle and should be supplemented by judicious use of relevant journals.

Essential reading is specified in the Reading List for this paper which can be accessed via the University of Waikato library homepage or via Moodle. All readings on this list are available electronically. Students will be expected to source additional reading for assignments and independent study.

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Recommended Readings

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Merriam, Sharan B. & Grace, Andre P. (2011). (eds). The Jossey-Bass Reader on Contemporary Issues in Adult Education. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
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Online Support

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Moodle is an important supplementary resource for this paper. Throughout the paper, potentially useful resources (articles; websites) will be highlighted.
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Workload

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This paper is valued at 30 points at postgraduate level. Given that each point aligns to 10 hours of work, and you have an average of 1-2 hours of weekly contact time complemented by on-line activities, the bulk of the time is embedded in self-directed study. In reality, you get from this paper what you put into it. Comprehensive reading at postgraduate level usually results in positive outcomes (very good grade; enhanced understanding of paper content).
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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper is fundamental to a broader investigation of adult and tertiary education and may lead to a dissertation/thesis in a related area.
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