ERIC Number: EJ689661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Access, Astronomy and Science Fiction. A Case Study in Curriculum Design
Saunders, Danny; Brake, Mark; Griffiths, Martin; Thornton, Rosi
Active Learning in Higher Education the Journal of the Institute for Learning and Teaching, v5 n1 p27-42 Mar 2004
It is argued that a positive response to lifelong learning policies involves the use of imaginative curriculum design in order to attract learners from disadvantaged backgrounds who are otherwise alienated from higher education. In this article a case study is presented based on the popularity of science fiction within popular culture, beginning with community-based modules in the South Wales valleys and culminating in a complete BSc honours award in Science and Science Fiction. This experiment in curriculum engineering has recruited adult learners, as well as school-leavers, and has led to the use of innovative teaching and learning methods that complement curriculum objectives and outcomes.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Curriculum Design, Science Fiction, Popular Culture, Disadvantaged, Adult Students, Adult Learning, Lifelong Learning, Astronomy, School Community Relationship
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Education Level: Adult Education
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