MA ODE module overview: Curriculum, learning, and society (E846)

I took several modules at The Open University (OU) as part of my master’s degree. Before I began this journey, I always wished I could understand better how the modules were organized and what specific topics they covered, so I’ve decided to share that information for the modules I took. (Here are all the summaries.)

OU’s description of this module

This module supports a wide range of professionals, including teachers, working in informal and formal learning environments including educational institutions and workplace settings, to evaluate and develop their practice to support learning. It introduces some of the major issues dominating the areas of learning and its assessment in educational research. In the module, curriculum includes the knowledge base of what is learned or demonstrated in particular activities, subjects or professions. Through your study you will develop a theoretical framework that relates views of learning, knowledge and pedagogy, which can be applied to analyse and evaluate your own and others’ practice.

I would add…

This course investigates sociocultural theory. It’s organized around a framework that focuses on views about knowledge, learning, and pedagogy as they influence and are reflected in the ways curricula is specified in the social order, and enacted and experienced in the experienced world. They provide this drawing to illustrate the framework:

This was a reading- and writing-intensive course with no project work. You submit one paper at the end of each section, basically applying what you learned in the section to your own work context.


Most of the assigned readings for this module were in these three books:

I also read other journal articles to support my papers, and I read Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity to support parts of my final paper.

Module outline

Section 1: Introduction to the module

Section 2: Learning and practice

Section 3: Pedagogy and practice

Section 4: Knowledge and practice

Section 5: Pedagogy as cultural bridging

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