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Creating the Curriculum - Understanding Primary Education Series (Hardback)
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Creating the Curriculum - Understanding Primary Education Series (Hardback)

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Hardback 156 Pages / Published: 16/08/2012
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Is there an `ideal' primary school curriculum?

Who should decide what the curriculum is?

Should teachers have autonomy over how they teach?

The curriculum is the heart of what teachers teach and learners learn: effective teaching is only possible with an effective curriculum. Yet in spite of its importance, there has been a crisis in curriculum that has been caused in large part by governments assuming direct control over the curriculum, assessment, and increasingly, pedagogy.

Creating the Curriculum tackles this thorny issue head on, challenging student and practising primary school teachers to think critically about past and present issues and to engage with a new wave of curriculum thinking and development. Considering curriculum construction and its impact on teaching and learning in the four countries of the UK, key issues considered include:

who should decide the curriculum, its aims and its values

the extent to which issues in primary education swing back and forth

Subjects versus thematic organisation, stages and phases, progression, breadth and balance

prescription versus teacher autonomy

the key features of effective classroom practice

strategies for assessing the whole curriculum

how language in the classroom influences curriculum design

understanding curricula in the context of children's social and personal circumstances

creativity, curriculum and the classroom.

Illustrated throughout with strategies and case studies from the classroom, Creating the Curriculum accessibly links the latest research and evidence with concrete examples of good practice. It is a timely exploration of what makes an effective and meanginful curriculum and how teachers can bring new relevance, motivation and powerful values to what they teach.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415687690
Number of pages: 156
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 mm


"Creating the Curriculum is a stimulating, informed, provocative, well-referenced and accessible collection of writing. The focus of the book is a consideration of curriculum construction and the impact of the primary school curriculum on teaching and learning in the four countries of the UK. Central to the success of this book, however, is that, in addition to providing a careful summative historical setting for the discussion of issues affecting schools now and in the future, the writers never lose sight of the fact that, at every opportunity, we need to listen to children." - John Senior, Gifted Education International

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