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SPED3003/1 Theoretical approaches to practical skills transformative learning


Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have demonstrated:

Knowledge and understanding:

  • A conceptual understanding of theoretical perspectives on the ecology of learning, and the ecology of learning through nature [for example, biodynamic agriculture]
  • An ability to critically evaluate existing knowledge and the need for an alternative approach to knowledge and practice within education
  • Comprehensive understanding of the value of practical experiences (hands on) in transformative learning and developmental practices

Skills and abilities:

At the end of the course students will be able to:

  •   Demonstrate the ability to interrogate and re-imagine theoretical perspectives
  •   Demonstrate the ability to translate the ecology of learning (theories) into a practical context

General competences (transferable skills):

At the end of the course students will be have gained the following general competences:

  •   Critical evaluation and analysis of theory
  •   Integrate interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives
  •   Interrogation of evidence from varied philosophical and theoretical back grounds
  •   Academic writing skills.



This course will provide students with the philosophical, sociological, psychological and neurological theoretical perspectives relevant to education. It will provide a knowledge base, relevant to transformative learning, and present an alternative to established views of knowledge through the presentation of practical skills perspectives. [To know why we need an alternative view on knowledge and practice, and the role of practical skills in education].

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Two on-line group seminars.
  • Two learning sets in home country (4-6 participants).
  • Independent study (reading and personal self-reflection).

This course will be taught at the Field Centre, Nailsworth (UK) or thourgh On-line seminar participation

The examination will take place at the Field Centre, Nailsworth (UK) in February.

Obligatoriske krav som må være godkjent før eksamen kan avlegges

75% attendance

Participation in two learning set

Participation in two on-line seminar


Assessment 1 100% Academic writing - written essay (5,000 words).