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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: September 2013
Keywords: competence-based curriculum, multidisciplinary, competencies, case study
Organisations: Southampton Education School


Local EPrints ID: 342203
ISSN: 0958-5176
PURE UUID: 5b518199-324d-4cd3-b704-d649e7b01284

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Date deposited: 15 Aug 2012 14:29
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:30

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Author: Jenny Byrne
Author: Ana Souza

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