Module/Course Description

Course Title: Understanding and solving Educational Problems

Course Code: UU-EDU-2330-ZM

Programme: Bachelor of Education in Primary Education

Credits: 12.00

Course Description:

The process of education involves problem solving or a preparatory for problem solving. Problems are not there to destroy organisations or individuals but they are there to be solved and to provide a platform for learning. Change is an inevitable occurrence that should precede a problem. Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a pedagogical strategy because it offers frameworks that support student centeredness. This course seeks to equip potential teachers with problem solving skills to improve the teaching and learning process. Students are, therefore, introduced to Problem-Based Learning as a means to understand, and potentially solve, contemporary problems in education. Problem-Based Learning is a style of active learning where students devise strategies to tackle real-world problems and issues. Through each step of the learning process, students (a) recognise their existing background knowledge and skills, (b) consider new knowledge and skills they need to proceed, and (c) locate multiple sources of information, develop new knowledge and/or learn new skills to enhance their understanding of the issue and proficiency in solving the problem.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course students will be expected to:

i.    Explain the best practices and methods of problem-based learning.
ii.    Analyse and assess complex educational issues.
iii.   Formulate evidence-based solutions to contemporary educational problems.
iv.   Use PBL methods to solve educational problems.
v.    Develop initiatives that lead to better practices in the teaching profession.
vi.    Appreciate continuous change in order to improve their skills, knowledge and abilities.

Prerequisites: UU-Bsc-IND100-ZM, UU-FNT-103-ZM

Prerequisites Categories: Year 1

Typical Module duration: 4.0 Week(s)


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