The session on Curriculum I found to be very insightful as I never imagined so much went into the designing of one, I always assumed they were set by the government and exam boards and that was that (apart from small changes made by the organisations that ran them but I always saw that as teaching methods and did not consider that a part of ‘curriculum’).
I thought it was useful to consider our own curriculum during the session but found it difficult to come up with a rationale behind Art and Design, it isn’t even on the National Curriculum and is not seen as a necessary subject for many people, especially the parents of many students. It is often regarded as a stepping stone to further education rather than employment which is often seen as a lengthy process and a waste of time as it is one of the hardest areas to get work in.
For the art and design curriculum it is important that changes are made to make it more relatable to the job market but that student get the chance to experience working too. I believe more focus needs to be on developing the creativity and skills of the students which can be transferred to the creative industry workplace.
This session continued with exploring curriculum and although I felt it is useful to know the finer workings of and influences and models of curriculum I felt that much of this information would only seem relevant to teaching if directly involved in creating a curriculum from the ground up. I wonder how much say a teacher, not in a head of department role, would have in the development of the curriculum they teach beyond the methods of teaching it?
This session underpinned a lot of the teaching from the previous lessons and covered how curriculum is assessed and the idea of ‘Quality’. It made sense why everything has to be assess and I see it all as how as teachers we need to reflect (self asses) to improve however I feel that with curriculum the changes are harder to judge. There are a lot of elements that need to be considered when developing a curriculum as highlighted from the guest lecture from Debra Gray. These outside influences develop a curriculum years in advance and the reviews (assessment) are only considered annually too so changes are slow.
Debra Gray’s Passion for curriculum development and making sure that GIFHE get it right was inspiring but I feel it only emphasised my thoughts earlier that the ‘front-line’ teachers have little say in the curriculum they teach however I have come to realise that they do have a say in its development and that this is where a teacher should concentrate their efforts on – teaching to the best of their ability with what they are given and adapt when those is QA and QE decide to change things.