The MA International Development and Education programme offers an exciting opportunity to visit Africa or India during the 2- 4 week placement module. Arrangements can be made to visit schools in West Africa or schools across India which are taking part in Sugata Mitra’s TED Prize ‘School in the Cloud’ project. This visit is funded by the student but will provide an invaluable experience that will bring issues learnt on the course to life. The placement module can also be undertaken in the UK, Europe or the country of the student’s origin, with the agreement of the Degree Programme Director.
This module sets issues learnt in other modules in a real life international context, as well as enabling students to bring their experience from their placement back to Newcastle University to inform modules still to be completed.
The aims of the placement include:
1. To provide students with the “hands on” experience needed to participate in an informed way in discussions and debates on development issues and education;
2. To provide students with experience of working in a developing country in low-income areas, seeing the problems, challenges and engagement first hand;
3. To equip students with the skills and knowledge for further experience, in order for them to gain employment within international development sectors;
4. To encourage students to think “outside the box” about education in the international context.
“The most memorable part of my time in Ghana was walking through the school gate every morning and watching the children run towards us with open arms and bright smiles. They were so welcoming and such a joy to work with. They made doing research in a foreign context easy and exciting. Conducting research with these students and teachers was an honor and one of my biggest accomplishments. I will never forget my time there!” – Julia, Ghana placement 2014
Intended learning outcomes
The overall intended knowledge outcomes of the placement are:
- To allow interpretation of current education policy within the context of development;
- To be able to evaluate current thinking of international organisations and agencies in the light of the experience and observation made during the placement;
- To recognise the key features surrounding government and private sector roles in providing education for poor children;
- To gain experience working in a culture and environment different from the experience gained at Newcastle University.
Intended skills outcomes
At the end of the placement the participants will be able to:
- Analyse and develop conceptual arguments concerning different education policies for development;
- Appraise arguments and judge evidence concerning the respective roles of markets and the state in education;
- Understand the nature of school provision in developing countries;
- Understand the behaviour exhibited by key players in schooling provision.
Coursework and assessment
Students gain 40 M level credits for the Placement Module. Assessment for this module includes a placement based portfolio and an assignment. More information here.