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Curriculum Studies in the Lifelong Learning Sector

Curriculum Studies in the Lifelong Learning Sector

Second Edition

May 2012 | 128 pages | Learning Matters
Curriculum is a key issue for trainee teachers in the lifelong learning sector and a core component of most courses. It lies at the heart of the work of teachers and trainers, it shapes the programmes and courses that are taught, and dictates which students can have access to courses. What goes in to the curriculum is argued over by governments, employers, parents and educationalists. How the curriculum is funded can change on a yearly basis. Access to a particular curriculum can raise or diminish the life chances of the learners involved.

This book provides an accessible and up-to-date overview of the key issues surrounding the curriculum. Written for all those working towards QTLS, it provides examples and case studies from working FE colleges, adult education centres and work-based learning contexts as well as offering succinct summaries of key theories and debates relating to the curriculum. This fully revised Second Edition reflects the latest policies and thinking, has a new chapter on the implications of e-learning on curricula, and includes a full glossary of key terms and concepts.

Jonathan Tummons has worked in higher education since 1995. After six years as a lecturer in teacher education in the further education sector, in 2009 he took up his current post as senior lecturer in education at Teesside University where he is also research co-ordinator for education and a member of the management board for the Social Futures Institute, Teesside's research centre for the social sciences.

Defining the Curriculum
Conceptualizing the Curriculum
Shaping the Curriculum
Planning, Sequencing and Delivering the Curriculum
Evaluating the Curriculum
Curriculum, Learning and Knowledge
Boundary Crossing: Curriculum, Place and Time
The Accessible Curriculum

Having worked as a practitioner in lifelong learning myself for many years, I feel most grateful to the author and the publisher for their painstaking effort in bringing out such a resourceful handbook for the emerging professional community of lifelong learning with a focus on curriculum studies and practice. Reviewing this book, I have personally obtained much useful knowledge and techniques which could well be reintroduced into training programmes for adult education and lifelong learning practitioners, not merely in the context of the UK but also in other parts of the world.

Tiedao Zhang
International Review of Education

Although this is an older book, it is a good book which explains curriculum studies in a straight forward and clear way.

Mrs Fern Bentley
Nursing (Derby), University of Derby (Chesterfield)
May 8, 2023

Right content for the course

Mrs Val Swales
Education, Bespoke Professional Development and Training Ltd
May 11, 2020

A very useful book in getting the bottom of what curriculum is. Nicely laid out and easy to use. I have dipped in and out of this book over the last few weeks and I have found it very interesting, easy to read and understand when I am so time poor.

Ms Dee D'e
Education, Grimsby Institute of HE And FE
January 21, 2017

An excellent resource for both teachers and students.

Sasha Pleasance
Teacher Training, South Devon College
March 26, 2015

An ideal addition to the Curriculum module on the Diploma as well as useful for developing an understanding of the nature and development in curriculum design and impact on learners

Miss Marie Sayers
Teacher Education, Greenwich Community College
March 11, 2015

A simple to read book that helps students to understand and teachers to deliver the underpinning knowledge for the unit - Highly recommended.

Mr Christopher McKechnie
Scotton Hall, HM Forces
December 14, 2014

The Learning Matters books are a great supplemental read. The book is easily accessible with some good supportive elements for use within assignments.

Miss Lisa Holland
Education , Tameside College
November 20, 2014

This book have been used within the Diploma in Education and Training module delivery. It is an essential resource for teachers/trainers when researching and developing curriculum design.

Mrs Patricia Allison
NVQ Office, Wiltshire and Somerset Colleges Partnership Ltd
October 18, 2014

This book is so easy to read and easy to find the information you need as well.

This book is great for new teachers and a big help with the curriculum assignment too

Miss Yeeman Lam
Childcare Department, Bishop Burton College
April 1, 2014

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