Cert Ed Module 5 Curriculum Design for Inclusive Practice Essay
This essay will focus on discussing the statement above, critically analysing the concepts of curriculum design, inclusive practice and effective practice. Curriculum design will look at the formal and informal elements of the curriculum and the learners’ own expectations of what their learning experience will do for them. Inclusive practice will show how I endeavour to ensure my teaching is personalised to individual learners, my own definition and experience of inclusive practice is, in turn, linked to my own cultural context of learning. Effective practice will include how a wide range of individuals, each with different expectations in terms …show more content…
I attempt to introduce a process model of curriculum, tied to their own cultural contexts of learning (situational model) to allow for inclusive learning. Herein lies a common ‘tension’ in the system – balancing the course measurement system, which is geared towards the outcomes, rather than what I use as a measure of success – which is equipping my learners with the skills and confidence and interest to tackle challenges in their future working life. It is about the rounded learning experience – which brings me back to Kerr’s definition of curriculum.
It’s also important to make the distinction between what constitutes the formal curriculum – with the informal (or hidden) curriculum – as well as the psychological expectations – or learner motivations – which are specific to each leaner. Each will have their own expectations regarding what the course can do for them. It is these motivations that I need to tap into as a teacher. I am endeavouring to have more in depth initial assessment on a one to one basis with students to hear from them what their expectations are. How do they rate themselves? What are their strengths and weaknesses? In this way it is hoped that we will both gain a greater understanding of each other and the