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Curriculum Development: A Guide for Educators

by Bill Boyle and Marie Charles SAGE Publications Ltd
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Curriculum and curriculum issues are at the heart of current debates about schooling, pedagogy and learning. This book will enable practitioners, scholars and academics to understand how to re-design or to suggest changes to curriculum structure, shape and content. Grounded in theory and philosophy, the book also offers practical help in grasping this controversial area. Inside, the authors: provide practical planning templates; support and provoke analysis, discussion and experimentation; include definitions of key terms and reflective questions; and incorporate practical examples and case material based on their work worldwide on curriculum design and evaluation.


Chapter 1 - Curriculum Evolution
Chapter 2 -Developing a National Curriculum: Consultation
Chapter 3 -Curriculum Development: Case Specific
Chapter 4 -Curriculum Reviewing Criteria: Case Specific
Chapter 5 -Science Curriculum: Case Specific
Chapter 6 -Early Years Foundation Curriculum: Case Specific
Chapter 7 -Balancing Raising Standards with a Well-designed and Broad Curriculum
Chapter 8 -Integrating Subjects and Themes
Chapter 9 -Curriculum Construction
Chapter 10 -Curriculum and Assessment
Chapter 11 -Assessment and Testing
Chapter 12 -National Curriculum and Summative Testing

This interesting book provides those involved in curriculum development, enactment and evaluation with a useful overview and checklist of important themes that can support their work. These themes are informed by the author’s involvement in a range of curriculum development experiences in the UK and elsewhere. Emphasis is placed on the broader goals of education, with a clear warning on the invidious impact of educational reforms that focus narrowly on attainment standards.

Professor Bill Boyle holds the chair of Educational Assessment and is Director of the centre for formative assessment studies(CFAS) in the school of Education at the University of Manchester, UK. The CFAs is the oldest research centre(founded 1988) in the UK for supporting teachers, teacher trainers, schools and policy makers in using formative teaching, learning and assessment and is involved in supporting the development of formative assessment in UK and in many countries around the globe. Professor Boyle and his co-author, Marie Charles, publish their research work in academic and practitioner journals, present at international conferences and workshops, and design and support developments in formative teaching, learning and assessment. Currently, they are workA­ing with colleagues in Russia, Armenia, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the USA on understanding, training and using formative strategies for more effecA­tive teaching and learning. Marie Charles is a teacher, formative assessment researcher and consultant, and an author whose work demonstrates that she believes passionately in the learner (rather than measurement or grading) being at the centre of the education process a a belief that she carries into her classroom practice.