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Alternative Perspectives on Education

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Welcome to Alternative Perspectives in Education.
This has been a collaboration of contributions from a number of educators within the university. During this Self Study Pack, we will explore ways to engage with learning outside of mainstream and formal learning environments. This Self Study Pack is open source meaning that you’re not going to need to log in or require any special access for any of the material. But it also means that there are plenty of opportunities should you wish, to explore the ideas further by engaging in wider reading, and we really encourage you to do this.

We will start this unit by exploring our context, gaining an insight into the ideology, pedagogy and theory that sits behind the education today. We will then move on to look at the place of creativity and its impact on learners as well as different models for learning. We will also explore alternative learning environments including a range of progressive educational spaces, forest schools and some global initiatives. Changing tact, we will explore the ‘soft skills’ of education and the role and impact of the educator, before we finally participate in a hypothetical exploration of how the future learner may experience education.

As you progress, you will have opportunity to map your own learning journey. By the end of the Self Study Pack you will have created a snap shot of both your own journey as a learner and also as either an educator yourself, or influencer of other learners. We hope you enjoy.

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Key InformationPoints40Effort10 hoursPrerequisitesnoneRelease Date23rd November 2020
Author Info

C-J Foster is an Academic Tutor with the Rise Team. She has a background teaching Performing Arts in Australia and the UK; in primary and secondary, main stream and Special Ed settings. C-J is also passionate about charity and community projects focussing on leadership training, youth participation and peace building.

Natalie Diddams is a Lecturer within the Department of Art & Performance at MMU. Natalie holds a BA (Hons) in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Warwick, and an MA in Theatre Directing from St Mary’s University College, London. In 2020, she  completed her PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her thesis was entitled Making Waves: Comedy, Humour and Laughter as Fourth Wave Feminisms.

Special thanks to Elle Simms and Clare Knox-Bentham for their contributions.