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ED20351: Designing and analysing curricula

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Education
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%*
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework 3000 Words* (CW 100%)

*Assessment updated due to Covid-19 disruptions
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The intention of this unit is to:
* introduce students to curriculum frameworks associated with early childhood and primary education and the cultural, political, historical contexts in which they are embedded
* familiarise students with a range of national policies (UK and outside of the UK) and their agendas for children and young people.

Learning Outcomes:
In completing this unit students would be expected to:
* be familiar with curriculum frameworks used in early childhood and primary education
* evaluate and interpret the concepts and theories underpinning curriculum models and assessment in early childhood and primary education, including any implicit assumptions about child development and childhood
* identify and describe key aspects of a classroom teacher's practice in the early years' setting or primary classroom;
* develop an awareness of the development of national policy concerning children and young people
* develop lines of argument related to theory, policy and practice associated with early years and primary education.


* Develop and apply the skills needed for academic study and enquiry (T//F/A)
* Apply strategies for appropriate selection of relevant information from a wide source and body of knowledge (T/F/A)
* Analyse and evaluate policy initiatives (T/F/A)
* Ask appropriate and critical questions to make judgements (T/F)
* Effective oral communication (F/T)
* Ability to organise and articulate opinions and arguments in speech and writing using relevant specialist vocabulary and concepts (T/F/A)
* Be competent users of ICT in their study (T)
* Ability to relate theory with practice (T)
* Ability to work independently, without close supervision or guidance.

The course content will cover five main areas: curriculum frameworks, curriculum policy, teaching methodologies, assessment and meeting the challenges of national and international policies
* Defining a knowledge base for early childhood and primary education: what do we mean by curriculum? who defines the curriculum?
* Hidden and formal curriculum
* Early childhood and primary curriculum models;: High/Scope Preschool curriculum, Montessori education, The Reggio Emilia approach, Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf schooling, The national curriculum, The International curriculum and IB , The Foundation Stage Curriculum - What does curriculum mean in response to the approaches?;
* The impact of changing theoretical perspectives of childhood and child development on childhood curriculum models.
* National Curricula - policy rhetoric and reality.
* Dominant teaching methodologies in primary years - theoretical tensions in the pedagogy of primary education.
* Assessment - Origins of assessment; recent developments; types of assessments, the relationship between curriculum and assessment and the tensions existing between them
* Diversity, inclusion and learning (and the implications of these for teaching and learning)
* In order to relate theory to practice, the unit includes visits spent in a local primary school or early years' setting. During these visits students review the relationship between curriculum models, teaching and learning, and reflect on and evaluate the experience. Through the school experience ideas introduced during the lectures can be observed in operation.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ED20351 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • UHED-AFB12 : BA(Hons) Education with Psychology (Year 2)
  • UHED-AKB12 : BA(Hons) Education with Psychology with Professional Placement (Year 2)