Session 1, The political and social dimensions of formal education. Ideology, hidden curricula and the education of the citizen.



Basic Topics
  1. Functionalist and Neo-Marxist view of Education
  2. Hidden Curriculum
  3. Education as a Human Right 
  4. Education as public service

The duration of the session is 9 hours (3 reading + 3 learning + 3 working/practicing)

  • Support learners in developing confident understanding of key concepts and theoretical debates on the socio-political role of education.
  • Develop learners’ critical understanding of the political role of the curriculum and familiarise them with the concept and function of the hidden curriculum.  
  • Introduce the concept of the education of the citizen as integral part of education.
Learning outcomes

The completion of the session will allow student to: 

  1. Have developed competent, critical understanding of the role of education not just as transfer of knowledge and skills but as a socio-political process which cultivates attitudes and promotes values.
  2. Have a critical understanding of the arguments about the tole of value-laden, overt and hidden processes in formal education. 
  3. Be able to describe the basic argumentation about the role of education from a functionalist and from a Neo-Marxist perspective.
  4. Engage in critical conversations about the possibilities of formal education to operate as a liberating, emancipatory process.  
Outcomes and CDC
  • Knowledge and critical understanding
    • 1805: Can reflect critically on his/her own values and beliefs (intermediate)
    • 2001: Can explain the meaning of basic political concepts, including democracy, freedom, citizenship, rights and responsibilities (basic)
    • 2029: Can reflect critically on how power structures and discriminatory practices within cultural groups operate to restrict opportunities for disempowered group members (advanced)
    • 2047: Can explain what propaganda is (advanced)
    • 2049: Can reflect critically on how histories are often presented and taught from an ethnocentric point of view (advanced)
  • Values
    • Valuing democracy, justice, fairness, equality and the rule of law
      • 12: Argues that schools should teach students about democracy and how to act as a democratic citizen (intermediate)
  • Attitudes
    • Respect
      • 501: Gives space to others to express themselves (basic) 
    • Civic-mindedness
      • 601: Expresses a willingness to co-operate and work with others (basic)
  • Skills
    • Co-operation skills
      • 1601: Builds positive relationships with other people in a group (basic/intermediate)
      • 1607: When working as a member of a group, shows appreciation of and consideration for other group members (basic/intermediate)


A series of resources that the student teacher must study in this session and a series of additional resources for further study.

A full paper and additional e-lessons on the topics of the session and additional interactive presentation of the materials, for the student teachers to study all the materials in a row.

A series of authentic, up to date and relevant activities with their accompanying materials, which deliver the intended learning outcomes of the session and are carried out face to face or E-learning with groups of student teachers.

Several types of questions to evaluate how much the student teachers have learned throughout the session (reading material, learning material and workshop).