Researching the competence-based curriculum: preface to a case study of four urban secondary schools

Downey, Christopher, Byrne, Jenny and Souza, Ana (2013) Researching the competence-based curriculum: preface to a case study of four urban secondary schools. Curriculum Journal, 24, (3), 321-334. (doi:10.1080/09585176.2012.731012).


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This introductory article accompanies three further articles forming a case study research project undertaken to describe the experience of four urban secondary schools implementing a competence-based curriculum for students in their first year of secondary education. The nature of such competence-based curricula is discussed in the context of secondary schools before providing an outline of the context of each of the case study schools.
A democratic and emancipatory view of education provides the rationale for the development of transferable competences, and this is considered with respect to the challenges of engaging in a cross-disciplinary approach to the curriculum. These challenges are viewed through the lens of Bernstein’s (1973, 1999) concepts of strong and weak framing and horizontal and vertical discourses.
Each of the accompanying articles takes up a different aspect of education, focusing on curriculum planning, teaching and learning, and leadership and management respectively. Further challenges with regard to changes in the English curriculum are briefly reflected upon. Finally an outline of the case study methodology which was employed in the study is provided.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/09585176.2012.731012
ISSNs: 0958-5176 (print)
1469-3704 (electronic)
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Keywords: competence-based curriculum, multidisciplinary, competencies, case study
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Southampton Education School
ePrint ID: 342203
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
September 2013Published
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2012 14:29
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:33

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