Curriculum Descriptors

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Curriculum Descriptors

A good definition of curriculum is:

‘A programme of activities (by teachers and pupils) designed so that pupils will attain so far as possible certain educational and other schooling ends or objectives (Grundy 1987: 11).

Or, if you view curriculum as a process then its better to use Steenhouse's 1975 definition:

'A curriculum is an attempt to communicate the essential principles and features of an educational proposal in such a form that it is open to critical scrutiny and capable of effective translation into practice'. He suggests that a curriculum is rather like a recipe in cookery." 'It is a way of translating any educational idea into a hypothesis testable in practice. It invites critical testing rather than acceptance' (Stenhouse 1975: 142).

A good 1-pager of all these is found at:

(image:comment.gif: It would be good to find out about COL's curriculum framework ~ if it is for non-formal education undertaken, and how that consistency is applied (i.e., if there is a website as reference source for future users to validate against.))

Other suggested nuances

Suggested Text for Note to Colleagues for Feedback

This is important because in the non-formal education portals, e.g. cmty media, we are gathering a lot of workshop agendas, outlines, learning materials, etc., however we are concerned that no curricular framework is yet defined to provide a framework that ensures our work is standardised and validated, for future quality assurance.

Now that we have seeded for some time, how about we take a crack at this and demonstrate our curricular professionalism?

Randy and I have put out 2 ways forward, one a programmatic approach, the other a process-approach to curriculum,

(add in some lines about getting their input etc.)

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