ASSIGNMENT 2. 3500 words [60%] Report Title:
Critically explore and evaluate [chosen topic area from Semester 2]
Focusing on ONE study area covered in semester 2 critically discuss the full nature of Adult Learning within that particular sector (community, prison or museum education. This is an extension of Assignment 1 in that you will still need to discuss the links between theory, social and political demand but now within the constraints of a single case. The report should include sections on:
Character of provision (how it is organised) within that sector
The individual and social demands of the provision within that sector
Political demands on the provision within that sector
The nature of the teaching within that provision
Critiquing provision within that sector
This work will require a significant amount of reading beyond lecture content. Articles will be of particular use in making you aware of the sector as it is today because articles are less time restricted than books.
A full discussion of the second assignment will take place in the week 11 workshop
The following outline of the marking criteria may prove useful as a checklist to ensure your work is covering all the areas it should.
- 1. Knowledge and Understanding
You must demonstrate your depth of knowledge and understanding through engagement with key concepts and thinkers. You should use the materials introduced throughout the module as your framework and then go beyond these resources and undertake your own research, the depth of which will support your demonstrated knowledge and understanding. Your ability to critically evaluate, interpret, discuss and challenge ideas will also denote your level of knowledge and understanding.
- 2. Use of Evidence
You need to show that you have read widely and that you can use the evidence from your reading to support your arguments and claims. Make use of class materials and reading lists, as well as your own independent research to provide support for your work. Evidence may come from academic books, but also from journal articles, and perhaps resources such as TES and the Education edition of The Guardian. Distinguish between primary texts; written by the educational theorists, and secondary texts; written about those theories and theorists, those which summarise theories and make judgements on them. Try to use a range of evidence, and try to ensure research and data is contemporary; since 2010. Most importantly, ensure you are using evidence effectively to develop, evaluate and support your argument.
- 3. Evaluation and Interpretation
This is about the extent that you can engage critically with the material you read and present. You need to develop a coherent argument that is supported with evidence. Consider alternative arguments and justify why your position is more convincing or valid. When using evidence, think about the strengths and limitations of the claims made and try to reflect on the success of the arguments that have been employed. Try to be critical rather than taking these claims as fact. The most sophisticated evaluations will offer some synthesis; evidence that you have taken ideas and done something with them to produce an independent and, to some extent, original piece of work.
- 4. Presentation
This is communicating effectively through the written word. In written work this includes spelling, grammar, punctuation, layout, sentence structure, use of words, and, most importantly, fluency; the narrative flow. Quotes should be used to support claims and should be presented in an accurate manner. Use of sentences, paragraphs, introductions and conclusions are essential to a well-presented piece of writing.
You must ensure that you acknowledge any work that you paraphrase or quote directly using the appropriate Harvard referencing system. It is important that you do this accurately and thoroughly in order to demonstrate a piece of high quality academic work. Plagiarism is totally unacceptable and will be detected via Turnitin.