ERIC Number: EJ719595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Reference Count: 15
The Learner Experience of "Curriculum 2000": Implications for the Reform of 14-19 Education in England
Hodgson, Ann; Spours, Ken
Journal of Education Policy, v20 n1 p101-118 Jan 2005
In September 2000, new qualifications for 16-19 year olds, known as "Curriculum 2000", were introduced in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland with the aim of broadening the advanced level curriculum. It was left to schools, colleges, and their learners, however, to decide how these new qualifications would be used to build learner programmes of study. In this voluntarist context, the views and actions of learners have been an important factor in determining the course of the reforms. This article, which is based primarily on a study of 42 learners in a school/college consortium in the south west of England, provides a chronological account of learner experiences of these reforms during their first 2 years of implementation. The consortium discussed here offered a high-volume study programme similar in size and content to those being proposed by the Tomlinson Working Group on 14-19 curriculum and qualifications reform in England. Learners found their expanded programmes onerous, due in part to the nature of the new qualifications and in part to the context of their implementation. The article concludes by identifying a number of policy lessons for 14-19 reform arising from this research.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Consortia, Educational Change, National Curriculum, Student Attitudes, Advanced Courses, Educational Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Northern Ireland); United Kingdom (Wales)