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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2022-2023

Module Description

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Department: Education

EDUC3351: Evidence and Education Policy

Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap None. Location Durham


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Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • To develop understanding of the nature and different forms of evidence in education and how these relate to policy


  • What is education policy and its role in shaping a society?
  • Analysis of process of education policy-making
  • Education policy around the world: Comparisons of policy implementation across different countries and their contexts
  • Critical reflection on education policy reform, evaluation and research: what is the evidence for policy?
  • Evaluation of education policy in relation to the organisation of education, from classroom practice to structural systems

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • To develop knowledge, skills and understanding related to the targets of education policy and how it is or can be evaluated.
  • To develop critical understanding of the purposes, strengths and limitations of education policies and methods of their evaluation.
  • To understand the nature of gaps between evidence and educational policy.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • In-depth analysis of one education policy
Key Skills:
  • To develop the understanding of the quality of evidence and be able to distinguish between robust and weak qualities of evidence.
  • To develop skills for identifying the gaps in policy and high quality evidence.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures and Seminars
  • The summative assessment will be an in-depth analysis of one education policy in any country in the world: outline of policy and analysis of attempts to evaluate it.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 11 1 hour 11
Seminars 11 2 hours 22
Private study, reading and research 167
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Assignment 3000 words 100% No

Formative Assessment:

A one-page outline of the policy and its evaluation (500 words) with headings, sub-headings, bullet points, and references, stating the choice of policy (with rationale) and an outline of the evaluations to be critiqued.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University

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