ERIC Number: EJ721278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Reference Count: 18
Higher Education, "Curriculum 2000" and the Future Reform of 14-19 Qualifications in England
Hodgson, Ann; Spours, Ken; Waring, Martyn
Oxford Review of Education, v31 n4 p479-495 Dec 2005
This article, which is based on research funded by the Nuffield Foundation, examines the responses of higher education institutions (HEIs) to the recent reform of advanced level qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, known as "Curriculum 2000". The research, undertaken in late 2002 and early 2003 following the "graduation" of the first cohort of "Curriculum 2000" learners, combined documentary analysis, use of national survey findings and interviews with a sample of university admissions tutors from new (post-1992) and old (pre-1992) universities in England. The research shows that HEIs were generally well-informed about most aspects of the advanced level reforms and, at the level of public statements, welcomed the possibility of a broader advanced level curriculum. However, this relatively positive approach was not reproduced in terms of offer-making to candidates: admissions tutors, particularly in the pre-1992 universities, continued to make offers largely on the basis of predicted grades in three main A Levels. This article argues that the reason for this cautious approach by the HEIs was not simply a result of their traditional support for subject specialisation, but also stemmed from systemic problems related to the "Curriculum 2000" qualifications, their voluntarism and their less than universal uptake by schools, colleges and learners. It concludes by looking briefly at the implications of these research findings for the future reform of 14-19 curriculum and qualifications in England.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, College Faculty, Educational Policy, Educational Change, National Curriculum, Advanced Placement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland; United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Northern Ireland); United Kingdom (Wales)