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Curriculum Development

Curriculum Development
A Guide for Educators

First Edition
  • Bill Boyle - Education Consultant, The World Bank
  • Marie Charles - Director, Many Faces in Teaching Research Organisation [MFIT]

July 2016 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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
  • 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

An excellent book for for all PGCE students. Understanding construction and development of curricula is very well written and presented in a very approachable work.

Mr Sam Emmett
Division of Social Sciences and Educatio, Glyndwr University
February 27, 2016

This is an essential text for curriculum development.

Ms Nakissa Campbell
Dept of Care and Early Years, Weston College
September 14, 2016

This book is easily one of the best resources and suits the needs of my students perfectly when studying 'Curriculum Frameworks'. It challenges the student to think and question but also provides sufficient background to the development of the curriculum. The evolution of the curriculum is both well referenced and coherent. This is in my opinion an essential read within my course and I particularly like the simple chapter summaries and size of font ;this is readable even when you are tired!
The breakdown of the curriculum focus 'early years' and science for example supports other aspects of curriculum study and the excellent discussion about curriculum testing focuses ones thinking and supports both a reflective and critical approach to the curriculum.
The magnificent glossary at the end of the book could be most useful in any staff library as well as a degree course in education.
Practical in its approach, language which any student or teacher might use, clearly an excellent book for any educational course but most suitable for curriculum study.

Mrs Linda Anne Etheridge
Accounting , Carshalton College
September 13, 2016

will be very helpful when doing our curriculum rewrite next year

Dr Ann Lesley Bevan
Nursing, Bournemouth University
September 12, 2016

At this point last year I was considering creating a new level 5 module for education students specifically on curriculum theory and design. This has no longer happened, but it is still a very useful supplementary text for a number of existing modules.

Dr James William Percival
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
May 6, 2016

This is a useful book which provides practical planning templates and provokes discussion for those involved in curriculum development and the assessment of teaching and learning. The case studies incorporate a range themes and curricula including early years and national curriculum.

Mrs Jayne Elizabeth Double
ECLIPS, Suffolk New College
June 7, 2016

This book provides an interesting scrutiny of the development of the curriculum in the UK. With reference to case specific studies in science and early years education Boyle & Charles give the reader helpful, practical insights into how the curriculum has evolved into what we see today. Having undertaken detailed empirical work in the field, Boyle & Charles share a wealth of knowledge of curriculum design and evaluation. This will be useful text for B.Ed, PGCE, M.Ed, and EdD.

Ms Lisa Vickerage-Goddard
Faculty of Education, Newman University
August 2, 2016

A clear guide to curriculum development and the factors that affect it.

Mrs Louise Wormwell
School of Education, Newman University
October 12, 2016

This book is a combination of academic research (specifically discussion on curriculum development, its history and political context) and practical guidance on planning curricular schemes. While it claims to be aimed at in-service and pre-service teachers, I would argue that its more realistic readership would be Masters level students and above, as well as those working in schools with responsibility for developing curricula. It contains a broad range of up to date references and an excellent glossary of technical educational terms at the end.

Dr Louise Campbell
Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh University
April 29, 2016

An excellent book to help students when planning courses

Mr sean flanagan
Computing, Runshaw College
May 4, 2016

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