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

Shaping the Curriculum

Shaping the curriculum

By the End of this Chapter you should

  • be aware of and able to evaluate a range of theoretical perspectives relating to different social, political and economic influences on the curriculum;
  • be able to begin applying these perspectives to an analysis of the curricula within which you work.

Professional Standards

This chapter relates to the following Professional Standards:

Professional Values:

AS 2 Learning, its potential to benefit people emotionally, intellectually, socially and economically, and its contribution to community sustainability.

DS 1 Planning to promote equality, support diversity and to meet the aims and learning needs of learners.

DS 2 Learner participation in the planning of learning.

Professional Knowledge and Understanding:

AK 2.2 Ways in which learning promotes the emotional, intellectual, social and economic well-being of individuals and the population ...

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