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Steers, John – International Journal of Art & Design Education, 2014
This article traces the development of a new National Curriculum in England following the general election of 2010. The prevailing political ideology of an approach based on securing "core knowledge" in a limited range of preferred "academic" subjects and its deleterious impact on the arts in schools is described. The vigorous…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Curriculum Development, National Curriculum, Politics of Education
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Steers, John – International Journal of Art & Design Education, 2009
This article considers the background and provisions of the New Secondary Curriculum in England. Attention is drawn to the extent of the policy changes by comparing the ten-year old demands of the Swift & Steers 'Manifesto for art in schools' (1999) with the new legislation and guidance. In particular, while there is strong support for overdue…
Descriptors: Secondary School Curriculum, Art Education, Creativity, Risk
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Mason, Rachel; Steers, John – International Journal of Art & Design Education, 2006
Assessment is widely considered to be the most significant issue affecting art and design practice at secondary level. The article begins with an historical overview of developments in and critiques of assessment procedures in England, Wales and Northern Ireland since the inception of GCSE examination. This is followed by a report of an attempt to…
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, Art Education, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries
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Blaikie, Fiona; Schnau, Diederik; Steers, John – International Journal of Art and Design Education, 2004
This study utilises survey questionnaires to compare 107 Canadian, English and Dutch students' opinions and experiences of portfolio preparation for final assessment in the terminal year of secondary school. The aim is to reveal what students value about portfolio assessment and if they see portfolio assessment as a valid preparation for their…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Portfolios (Background Materials), Secondary School Students