Curriculum and curriculum issues are at the heart of current debates about schooling, pedagogy and learning. This book will enable practitioners, scholars and academics to understand how to re-design or to suggest changes to curriculum structure, shape and content. Grounded in theory and philosophy, the book also offers practical help in grasping this controversial area. Inside, the authors: • provide practical planning templates • support and provoke analysis, discussion and experimentation • include definitions of key terms and reflective questions • incorporate practical examples and case material based on their work worldwide on curriculum design and evaluation.
Chapter 1: Curriculum Evolution
The historical underpinning and antecedents of the Education Reform Act (1988) and the thinking behind the first National Curriculum in the United Kingdom.
The idea of a broad and balanced curriculum is not new, according to the Education Reform Act:
the curriculum ...