Curriculum: Theory, concepts and influences
An opportunity for those with responsibility for curriculum planning and development to explore some of the underpinning theories and concepts of curriculum and examine their own role in shaping it.
What actually is curriculum? Although the concept of a curriculum in schools or colleges is not new, the ways in which it is theorised and understood have been subject to considerable scholarly debate. For many educators the gap between theory and practice can seem distance, yet quality leadership in the complex process of curriculum design necessitates having a thorough understanding of curriculum theory. This can offer educators a set of conceptual tools for analysing curriculum proposals, illuminating practice and navigating continual changes in the educational field. Exploring theory alongside the curriculum planning process can thus be of value to a range of educational practitioners.
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Katherine Davey - Programme Leader for Teacher Education
Katherine has over eight years’ experience in teaching and training in a range of contexts in the UK and abroad, including schools, sixth forms and technical colleges. She previously led the north-west provision of a mentoring charity for 16-19 year olds and worked on educational projects with Liverpool football club. In addition to holding a Master’s degree in Modern Languages, Katherine holds a Master’s in Education and is currently undertaking a part-time Doctorate in Education with the University of Huddersfield. Katherine’s research interests focus on the interaction of education with social class, education and gender, educational inequality in urban contexts and teacher education in FE.
Rajiv Khosla - Advanced Lecturer
Rajiv Khosla has been teaching in Further Education for over 15 years. Rajiv has had experience of teaching adult numeracy and managing Skills for Life provision for an apprenticeship provider and has been teaching on teacher education programmes, at The City of Liverpool College, for over 10 years. He is also an Advanced Lecturer in the College, responsible for designing and delivering CPD for colleagues. Rajiv has also trained as an Additional Inspector and undertaken inspection work with Ofsted, inspecting numeracy provision. His current research interests are examining the impact of performance management systems on teachers, with a particular emphasis on alternative methods of teacher observations. Rajiv has recently completed a MA in Advanced Educational Practice (Leadership and Management).
Nina Doran - Lecturer in Teacher Education
Nina is currently studying towards an MA in Advanced Educational Practice at Liverpool John Moores University. She holds a BA (hons) in Politics and Government 2:1 from the City of London Polytechnic and a PGCE (post-16) and Post Graduate Certificate in Management and Leadership Skills from Liverpool John Moores University. Nina’s main teaching experience is in English and also includes HND Public Administration, Computers, Women’s Studies, Literature and Creative Writing, Sociology, and Communications. Nina has coordinated outreach community learning provision in South Liverpool and North Liverpool and worked with community organisations planning for adult learning. She is a trustee of a Domestic Abuse Charity in South Liverpool. Nina is a trained Equality rep for UCU. Nina’s research interests include critical thinking, feedback, adult education, and the marketisation of FE and HE.
Curriculum can be designed, delivered and experienced in a variety of different ways. The session(s) offers an opportunity for participants to explore theories, concepts and values underpinning the curriculum and consider these in relation to their own curriculum contexts. Participants will be encouraged to relate this to their professional roles in order to make more informed choices in the development and planning of the curriculum.
- Introduction to curriculum: definitions of curriculum
- Curriculum influences 1: Professional roles and values
- Curriculum models: product, process and alternative models
12 noon - Lunch
1pm - 4pm (refreshment break at 2pm) #
- Curriculum influences 2: Economic, historical, social
- Hidden curriculum
Curriculum Development: application of learning
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- Participants will develop understanding of curriculum models and influences
- Participants will critically examine their own roles and values in relation to curriculum
- Participants will explore their learning in the context of their own curriculum development
Who should attend?
Middle and Senior leaders with responsibility for curriculum leadership and development.