Celebration of Classroom Practice
"Curriculum Innovation" is a celebration of teachers' achievements and creativity at the secondary level of schooling. It examines the historical and political contexts of curriculum development and control in the United Kingdom, and analyses the values and beliefs that have shaped the reforms in schools and colleges over the last two decades. It considers the extent to which these changes have acted to challenge the professional autonomy and status of teachers and lecturers, and reflects the views of those affected. It provides an account of the current curriculum provision for the 14-19 age group - a contemporary "map of the territory" - and highlights the ASDAN Award Scheme, one successful example of teacher led innovation. As the pendulum begins to swing back from the centrally controlled and narrowly prescribed programmes of study and attainment targets of the national curriculum, it is important to draw attention to such areas of good practice and identify the policy implications of these grass roots initiatives. This book highlights not only the "professional imagination", but also what it can achieve.
It makes for inspirational reading and will be of great interest to students, teachers and lecturers, and anyone involved with curriculum development for the 14-19 age group.
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"...of particular interest to current and aspiring curriculum managers in schools and colleges serving students aged 11-19, the personal tone and positive message that teachers can be trusted with curriculum design make it a refreshing read for any teacher." - British Journal of Curriculum & Assessment "Recognising teachers' achievements seems to be out of fashion in some circles.This book seeks to recognise what teachers have done in the secondarysector in the midst of so much change over the past two decades. It goes further, to suggest that the work done is a celebration."- Education Review "This book is an essential story aboutan important innovation. It gives hope about the professionalrole of the teacher when too often there is only despondency. It should be read by all who enter teaching." - British Journal of Educational Studies "...shows what can be achieved within a NationalCurriculum framework." - British Journalof Educational Technology