Summary of BESA Online Event - The Health, Status and Future of Undergraduate Education Programmes: What do Programme Leaders Think?

Our last webinar (on 8 Dec 2020) was on the BESA funded project ‘Health, status and future of undergraduate Education programmes’ led by Dr Mark Pulsford (University of Warwick), Dr Rebecca Morris (University of Warwick) and Dr Ross Purves (UCL).

The video provides a recording from the session which highlighted initial research findings from the project centered around Programme Leaders views regarding the current health and status of Educational Studies and the opportunities they see for the future of UG Education programmes in the UK. Key topics discussed during the session included:

  • the relationship between undergraduate programmes and postgraduate teacher education courses;
  • the subject’s status within differing Higher Education institutions;
  • the tensions between academic and applied visions of the discipline;
  • and the diversification of courses compared to the fledgling Education Studies programmes of 20 years ago.

Following this project, the team are preparing a book proposal with the working title of ‘What is Education Studies? Thinking about learning and teaching on undergraduate education programmes‘. They are inviting chapter proposals now – more information can be found here.