Aims/Description: This module explores different perspectives on the relationship between research and educational policy in relation to the teaching and learning of literacy and language and considers how research might meaningfully contribute to current policy debates in educational contexts. Contemporary literacy theory will be used to support critical examination of these issues and students are asked to reflect their own professional and policy contexts in relation to these debates. Key areas that will be considered will change according to the current policy context at the time of module dlivery, but could include, for example, critical literacies, language and power in education or literacy and new technologies.

Staff Contact: Dr Kate Pahl
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study,
Assessment: Course work

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