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ERIC Number: EJ764053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0958-5176
Pedagogy and the Curriculum 2000 Reforms at Post-16: The 'Learn It, Forget It' Culture?
Fisher, Linda
Curriculum Journal, v18 n1 p103-114 Mar 2007
This article reports findings from a small-scale project investigating the introduction of the Curriculum 2000 reforms at post-16 in four state comprehensive schools in England. These reforms aimed to broaden the curriculum at post-16, to provide parity of esteem for academic and vocational qualifications, to promote participation and lifelong learning, and to introduce greater consistency within and across different types of qualification. A key impact on schools was the change to the structure of A levels. This article reports findings from semi-structured interviews with thirteen heads of department and four heads of sixth form to investigate teachers' perceptions of the consequences of the introduction of A level reforms on teaching and learning in the post-16 classroom. Despite general support for the principles of change at post-16, those interviewed were concerned about the quality of teaching and learning in the AS year. They reported greater didacticism in the classroom, with content-heavy syllabuses and the need to focus on exams resulting in fewer opportunities for applying learning and for consolidating conceptual development. As a result, teachers reported less pedagogical breadth and less enjoyment in teaching the new syllabuses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)