What future for education?

Everyone has experienced education as a learner: these experiences shape how we view and value education, and how we think it should develop in the future. In this course we critically examine a range of ideas around education: including learning, teaching and schooling. Our aim is to consider what our preferred future for education might look like.

About The Course

The course aims to get you to critically examine your own ideas about education, teaching and learning. The critique will be developed through engagement with theories and ideas developed through educational research. You will be encouraged to use these ideas to challenge or support your own ideas about education.   

Each week we will focus on one key question, using video lectures, key readings and challenges to explore some commonplace notions about education. With the guidance of the course team, you will be asked to use these ideas to critically reflect on your own understandings and experience. By the end of the course, you will have developed a personal response to the main question: what is your preferred future for education?

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can I earn for completing this course?

    You can earn a Verified Certificate by verifying your work with a risk-free, no obligation Signature Track trial. Payment for Signature Track can be made anytime until the week before the course ends — so you’ll be more certain that you’ll earn your Verified Certificate.

    If you choose not to verify your work, you can still participate in the complete course. While your final score will be noted on your course records page, this course will not offer a Statement of Accomplishment.
  • What resources will I need for this class?

    For this course, all you need is an Internet connection, and the time to take part in the activities.

  • What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this class?

    That it doesn't matter how intelligent you think you are, there are no limits to what you can learn!

  • Where can I find out about more information regarding this subject and the University of London programmes?

    The content of this course is drawn from the MA in Education programme offered as a flexible study programme by the University of London International Programmes. The University of London International Programmes is a collaboration between the University of London International Academy and 12 Colleges of the University of London.  Established in 1858, the University of London International Programmes is the world’s oldest provider of flexible learning. Today there are 54,000 students in 180 countries studying through the University of London International Programmes, for more than 100 qualifications at degree, higher education diploma and certificate level.  The University also works with a network of independent teaching centres worldwide, all of which provide teaching, tutoring and pastoral care. For more information please visit http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/coursera 

    For more information on the MA in Education programme, please visit: http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/institute-education/education-ma This programme has been developed in a collaboration between the Institute of Education and the University of London International Academy.

    In addition, you may be interested to look at some of our other education related programmes such as the MA in Applied Educational Leadership and Management and the Masters in Educational Research http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/education

Recommended Background

The course will be suitable for anyone with an interest in education (teachers, educators, parents, or interested individuals), and no prior experience or expertise in education is assumed (except for the experience of having been a learner).