TE7044 - Curriculum Development

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will have the opportunity to analyse, in–depth, what is meant by the concept of curriculum development. This includes reflection on the curriculum leader’s role in creating a vision and climate in the school or other educational establishment, on which there is a strong focus on learning, where new ideas about teaching, the curriculum and continuing staff development are taken seriously, together with a commitment to monitoring, evaluation and review of practice.

The module will also provide you with a framework for examining the influence and impact on institutional culture and climate on curriculum development. You will have the opportunity for detailed consideration and examination of how an effective curriculum engages the learning community in a rigorous process of monitoring, evaluation and review, linked to internal and external procedures. You will also explore and examine ways in which the role of parents and other stakeholders contribute to effective curriculum development.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, seminars and independent learning. The lectures will cover theories and concepts that will enable you to participate in a series of guided tasks and exercises. You will work on these during seminars and practical sessions in computer labs which are fully equipped with the last industry-standard software.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will include feedback from tutors during seminars and tutorials. In addition, tutors will respond to questions via the modules’ discussion board on the University’s eLearning Portal so that the whole group can benefit.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• (1) Have a critical understanding of the breadth and complexity involved in curriculum development

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• (1) Critically evaluate the ways in which the curriculum impacts on the climate for learning
• (2) Critically reflect upon the concepts of ' culture' and ' climate' with regard to the development of the curriculum.
• (3) Identify and critically analyse appropriate approaches to monitoring, evaluation and review which lead to improvements in the quality of the curriculum offered for teachers and learners.
• (4) Critically explore relevant and sensitive policies and strategies for performance management, staff development and stakeholder involvement which would have positive outcomes for curriculum development

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• (1) Enhanced communication skills
• (2) Further developed team working skills
• (3) Extended time management skills
• (4) Enhanced problem solving skills

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment:
Small group presentations on an aspect of curriculum development, which will include tutor and peer verbal and written feedback (KU 1) (IPSVA 1,2) (PVA 1,2 & 4)

Summative Assessment:
Students are required to assess & evaluate the provision for curriculum development in their setting. They are also required to demonstrate advanced professional skills and originality of approach within this complex area in addressing issues which may arise.(4500 words) (KU 1) (IPSVA 1-4) (PVA 1 -4)

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

In this module you will have the opportunity to analyse, in–depth, what is meant by the concept of curriculum development. This includes reflection on the curriculum leader’s role in creating a vision and climate in the school or other educational establishment, on which there is a strong focus on learning, where new ideas about teaching, the curriculum and continuing staff development are taken seriously, together with a commitment to monitoring, evaluation and review of practice.

The module will also provide you with a framework for examining the influence and impact on institutional culture and climate on curriculum development. You will have the opportunity for detailed consideration and examination of how an effective curriculum engages the learning community in a rigorous process of monitoring, evaluation and review, linked to internal and external procedures. You will also explore and examine ways in which the role of parents and other stakeholders contribute to effective curriculum development.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 3 years part-time
1 other options available

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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