This book provides an accessible overview of the key issues surrounding the curriculum for all those working towards QTLS. Curriculum shapes the programs that are taught, dictates which students can have access to courses and lies at the heart of what teachers and trainers actually do. Examples and case studies throughout the book demonstrate these issues within working FE colleges, adult education centers and work-based learning contexts. It also offers succinct summaries of key theories and debates relating to the curriculum. This fully revised edition reflects the latest policies and thinking and now includes a glossary of useful terms. Key Features • Explains complex issues in clear and accessible language • Relates to a core component of most QTLS programs • Authentic case studies from a range of contexts • Promotes critical reflection on debates surrounding the curriculum

Conceptualising the Curriculum

Conceptualising the curriculum

By the End of this Chapter you should

  • be able to evaluate critically key concepts in curriculum theory;
  • know and be able to apply a range of key curriculum concepts to your own professional practice;
  • understand how curriculum theory contributes to a broader knowledge and understanding of issues surrounding teaching and learning.

Professional Standards

This chapter relates to the following Professional Standards:

Professional Values:

DS1 Planning to promote equality, support diversity and to meet the aims and learning needs of learners.

Professional Knowledge and Understanding:

BK 2.1 Principles of learning and ways to provide learning activities to meet curriculum requirements and the needs of all learners.

DK 1.1 How to plan appropriate, effective, coherent and inclusive learning programmes that promote equality and engage with diversity.

Professional Practice:

BP 2.1 Provide learning ...

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