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

Defining Curriculum

Defining curriculum

By the End of this Chapter you should

  • be able to evaluate definitions of curriculum, according to context;
  • know and be able to apply relevant definitions of curriculum, as appropriate to your own professional practice;
  • be able to begin a critical evaluation of your own curriculum, in terms of how it is delivered in the classroom and how it is experienced by the students with whom you work.

Professional Standards

This chapter relates to the following Professional Standards:

Professional Values:

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:

DK 2.1 The importance of including learners in the planning process.

Professional Practice:

DP 1.1 Plan coherent and inclusive learning programmes that ...

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