With the successful completion of the course, students are expected to: 1) understand the field, the methods, the approaches and the theories of the Science of Education and 2) learn the major epistemological paradigms, on the basis of which educational programs are designed, teaching material is produced and educational processes are evaluated.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Scope, field and basic concepts of the Science of Education (education, training, socialization, teaching, learning). Methods of pedagogical research. Historical, analytical and synthetic research. Theories of Pedagogy and relations between theory and practice. Education, training and ideology. Ideals, goals, objectives, operation, the role and the future of education. Reference groups: child, teenager, adult, student, teacher, adult’s educator. Institutions and structures that provide education and training. Paradigms of School Pedagogy: the traditional school paradigm, the behavioral paradigm, the constructive paradigm, the critical paradigm – features and criticism. Sources and means of learning, curriculum, teaching instruments, educational process and contemporary global problems.
Seminars-Workshops: Study of pedagogical texts. Study of institutional texts. Goals and objectives. Development of teaching plans. Developments of tools for recording the students' profiles and needs and for their assessment. Sociogram. Case studies. Developing teaching scenarios. Small scale research in schools.