Unit 2

Understanding Educational Systems

Introduction

In the previous Unit, you considered the hidden assumptions which underpin any teacher’s practice.

In this Unit, we would like you to think more about some of the ways in which the varying attitudes of teachers in different countries might present problems for an international course like this one.

The aim of the Unit is to consider some of the difficulties involved in transferring teaching techniques and recommendations of good practice from one culture or nation to another.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit, students will have

  • Considered the difficulties involved in transferring educational practices from one cultural context to another
  • Considered the benefits of educational collaboration across cultures and between nations
  • Compared the organisational principles of two educational systems
  • Contributed to a wiki about educational change in your own country