ERIC Number: EJ936897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Enquiring Minds: A "Radical" Curriculum Project?
FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, v53 n2 p261-272 2011
This article focuses on Enquiring Minds, a three-year curriculum development project funded by Microsoft as part of its Partners in Learning programme and run by Futurelab. The article suggests that the project is best understood as an example of a new type of "curriculum entrepreneurialism" that is impatient with the traditional structures of curriculum and pedagogy and which seeks to pave the way for "radical" transformation of education systems. The article locates this curriculum innovation in three broad contexts of educational cultures in Britain. These concern the question of the relationship between formal and informal cultures of learning, the relationship between knowledge, social class and curriculum, and the emergence of ideas about the economic value of schooling and the role of technology in young people's lives. These "cultures of schooling" invariably affect any attempt to introduce radical change. Finally, the article poses the question of what is "radical" about projects such as Enquiring Minds, and suggests that they might best be interpreted as moves to realign the practices of schooling with the requirements of a mobile and global capitalism.
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Partnerships in Education, School Culture, Political Socialization, Role of Education, Educational Innovation, Popular Culture, Student Centered Curriculum, Educational Change, Value Judgment, Student Attitudes, Technology, Social Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Partners in Learning