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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Values, Identity and Intercultural Learning
Module Code ES320
School School of Education Studies

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Module Co-ordinatorDr. Francesca LorenziOffice NumberCA119
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to enquire into the nature of values and their relevance in education and training settings. The module will address the area of values from the perspective of individual identity, interculturalism and the reflective practitioner. Students will be introduced to theoretical models addressing both teaching of values and teaching values and will be encouraged to develop critical awareness in relation to personal and professional values. Furthermore values will also be explored in organisational contexts. The role and impact of mission statements on teaching and training activities and organisational culture will be analysed with the view to evaluate and facilitate change and enhancement of educational organisational practices.

Learning Outcomes

1. Outline the role of values in education and training organisations.
2. Describe how values impact on the roles of educators and trainers.
3. Evaluate the cognitive development approach to values through a study of Kohlberg's theory of moral development.
4. Examine the relationship between individual identity and active citizenship.
5. Explore the concept of intercultural understanding in education and training contexts.
6. Design curricula which recognise the diversity of values, identity and culture in education and training contexts.
7. Devise effective training methodologies for diverse educational settings.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study60Reading; Internet Searches
Independent Study11Peer review
Assignment Completion30Researching, structuring information; writing up
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Content
Values in Education and Values Education: examines the implications of values in the education and training context with particular reference to the ethos and culture of the organisation. The Hidden Curriculum: investigates how the values of an organisation can have implications for the entire organisation with particular reference to espoused values and actual values as perceived through day-to-day interactions in the organisation. The Reflective Practitioner: an exploration of values and attitudes from the individual perspective of the practitioner and the impact on practice. Issues of Identity: examines a range of key texts in relation to international, national and cultural identity. Inclusive Citizenship: examines curricula in the area of civic, social and political education with a view to developing an inclusive curriculum. Interculturalism: looks at the move from monocultural educational settings through multiculturalism to interculturalism, and the implications for education and training. Inclusive Learning: explores the impact of learning theories, different learning styles and training methodologies from the perspective of values, identity and interculturalism.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Banks, J.: 1997, Educating Citizens in a Multicultural Society, Teachers College Press, New York,
  • Church, C. and Visser, A: 2001, Multiculturalism and Diversity, Incore, Derry,
  • Cresson E.: 2001, Learning for Active Citizenship, The European CommissionForeword,
  • Farrell, F. and Watt, P: 2001, Responding to Racism in Ireland., Veritas, Dublin,
  • Stephenson, J; Ling, L; Burman, E. and Cooper, M.: 1998, Values in Education, Routledge, London,
  • Young, C.: 1999, The Accommodation of Cultural Diversity, Macmillan Press, Belfast,
  • Willet, C.: 1998, Theorising Multiculturalism, Blackwell, Oxford,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
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