Perspectives on Ways of Knowing and Their Relevance for Educational Outcomes

Course code EDUC6292Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

In this course students will be introduced to a various epistemologies that affect current educational practice and outcomes. Students will be given the opportunity to consider alternate epistemological approaches and reconceptualisations, and to develop and articulate their own critical response to these philosophical considerations. Drawing on ideas from Wittgenstein on the one hand and quantum philosophy on the other, we shall explore the potential of empathetic epistemology and participatory consciousness to provide a new vision of what can be called 'emancipatory education'.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThis course provides students with the opportunity to:
1. Discuss a range of epistemological approaches to education;
2. Critically reflect upon the way in which epistemology shapes educational outcomes;
3. Articulate and present a coherent philosophical response to a chosen aspect of educational epistemology; and
4. Demonstrate cogent reasoning and understanding of philosophical questioning and epistemological problems in education.
ContentThe following list indicates indicative course content:
1. Consideration will be given to the way in which a science based upon the epistemology of power conditions how we define our relationship with nature and in turn with each other.
2. Examination of the methodological principle of reductionism and the resultant shift in value orientation will be made.
3. The fragmentation of knowledge within education and pedagogic inculcation will be considered, as will questions such as:
Is there a legitimate place for religious and moral education within the current epistemolgical setting?; Is it possible to distinguish between education and indoctrination?; To extent does the technologisation of the world in which we live lead to depersonalisation, dehumanisation and desanctification?; What place, if any, is there for peace education within this framework?
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsTutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment Item 2 80%
A 4000 word extended response, providing a critical reflection on a chosen course topic.
Presentations - ClassAssessment Item 1 20%
A 1000 equivalent seminar presentation critically examining one of the course topics
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term