Student choice in the curriculum: an investigation into existing practices in theatre and drama

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de Senna, P. 2014. Student choice in the curriculum: an investigation into existing practices in theatre and drama. York, UK Higher Education Academy.
TypeProject report
TitleStudent choice in the curriculum: an investigation into existing practices in theatre and drama
Authorsde Senna, P.
Abstract

One of the most common sources of debate in curriculum development and course design has always been the need to accommodate both breadth of experience and depth of knowledge in the syllabus. Within a framework where students are in contact with lecturers for a decreasing number of weekly hours the problem becomes even more pressing.
One of the ways in which curriculum designers have attempted to resolve this conundrum is through offering a measure of flexibility in course structures, allowing students to have some degree of choice and control over their studies. The question that arises, though, is: without abrogating our responsibility as educators, is it possible (or even desirable) to transfer at least some content choice to students?
This report documents a small-scale research project proposed to the Higher Education Authority by the author and undertaken between March and June 2013. The project aimed at mapping the provision of student choice in theatre and drama courses across the sector in the UK. It is aligned with the key HEA thematic area of students as partners, and has yielded findings relevant also for the areas of assessment and feedback and employability. Anecdotal evidence suggests that there are many institutions where students may choose optional modules, or dissertation and project-based units where the content is indeed determined by students’ interests; but what about content choices that are internal to specific taught modules?

LanguageEnglish
PublisherHigher Education Academy
Place of publicationYork, UK
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Print21 Jan 2014
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Deposited10 Jun 2015
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