EDCX570 Investigating Lifelong Learning

Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no UNE Supervised Examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions AET380 or AET381 or AET382 or AET470 or AET480 or PDLD470
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Bob Boughton (rboughto@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Adult education as lifelong learning increasingly informs a widening field of educational provision outside and beyond the conventional model of schooling. Students in this unit investigate the key areas of adult education and training through case studies, program designs, provision, and philosophies underpinning lifelong education. With a view to their roles of educators and trainers in the broader field, students are encouraged to relate their studies in this unit to their own experience and work situations in association with the literature of the field.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Assignment 1 5%
Assessment Notes

Information sheet

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1 GA: 1, 2

Assignment 2 - Essay 45% 3000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1, 2 GA: 1, 2, 4, 5

Assignment 3 - Essay 50% 3000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 3, 4 GA: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. apply specialised theoretical knowledge to create new understanding of specific concepts and terms used in the study of adult education and lifelong learning;
  2. based on relevant theories, concepts and methods critically evaluate the diverse forms of adult education and training provision in the international global context;
  3. articulate theories of specific major theoretical and philosophical traditions in adult education, and apply an advanced level of independent judgement to clarify their own values in relation to these; and
  4. construct arguments around important issues of learning design, provision, and assessment, demonstrating underpinning skills and knowledge reflected in this unit.

Graduate Attributes (GA)
Attribute Taught Assessed Practised
Knowledge of a Discipline

Topic notes and readings teach the fundamentals of adult education, and this knowledge is assessed in Assignments 1, 2 & 3

True True
Communication Skills

Assignments 1, 2 & 3 test students ability to communicate in the genre of an academic paper

Global Perspectives

Topic notes and readings include material on the theory and practice of adult education in other countries as well as Australia. Assignment 3 requires students to respond to designs and learning provision in a globalised field.

True True
Information Literacy

Topic notes teach the use of e-resources in the field. Assignments 2 & 3 test students ability to access and assess these resources critically

True True
Life-Long Learning

Lifelong learning is a core foundational concept of contemporary adult education theory, and is discussed in the topic notes and readings. Assignment 2 requires students to respond to materials on lifelong learning provision.

True True
Problem Solving

Topic notes pose problems via focus questions, encouraging students to reflect on real-life issues and problems in their own practice

Social Responsibility

Social equity is a core value of contemporary adult education and its various meaning are taught via the topic notes and readings. Assignment 2 assesses students understanding of social responsibility in the context of our field

True True