Tonight’s session was very informative as there was a very engaging exercise on visualising our allocated curriculum models; it had a Blue Peter-esque theme, where we were presented with straws, coloured pipe cleaners and Play-Doh. The objective was that we each, had to create a 3D representation of our curriculum model; as my model was linear, I simply created four arrows from the pipe cleaners and joined them together in a linear manner, as an irksome Meerkat says ‘Simples’. The most informative part of this session, which utilised last weeks homework, was to present our model to the class; we each briefly described the overall function of our models and suggested its application within practice.
The learning objective of the session that followed was the most pivotal, as this will support the Report for LO4 from UET6.
‘Recommend ways to effectively combine curriculum models for your own practice’
I proposed that Linear, would be the underlying model that governs the direction, as with any curriculum, there would be a logical start and end point; the start would be setting the goals/objectives and the end would be some method of measuring and assessing the learning. The specification I am currently delivering is considered, Modular; this is because it is comprised of various Units/Assignments. Although these units are numbered and are delivered in a linear manner, it is not imperative that the learners have to complete one unit to progress to the next. However, due to the interspersing nature and that learners could revisit a unit or topic from previous unit, a loose Spiral Model would encircle the other two.
I formed the the visual representation as an idea of how the three would interact:
The second half of the session was researching into Educational Ideologies and how they are used to shape and guide curricular. I was assigned ‘Liberal’, the quick bit of research I conducted and my interpretation resulted in the statement below:
‘A liberal Educational Ideology is aimed at providing all people individual freedom and that it should be governed by law; within current curriculum, this would be protected by the Equality Act 2010, where Exemplifying British Values would be paramount. A liberal approach, would influence curriculum development as it would aim to accommodate all learners and provide them with a basic right to learn. As liberalist believe that most people can be reasonable, when applied to teaching the planning of curricular, would need to support a rational approach to learning.