Some Problems with Cultural Capital and Social Mobility

Initially appealing, at least to me, the idea of cultural capital has begun to worry me. Though not coined by someone who admitted to being a Marxist, Pierre Bourdieu did draw quite heavily on Marxist thinking when it came to expounding his thesis. It is about power. Simply put, if you speak posh, go on … More Some Problems with Cultural Capital and Social Mobility

Great Books Curriculum

Curriculum Shorts (Some short musings about curriculum) With all the talk of curriculum coherence and sequencing and people furiously creating logical progression models and maps there is another way to go. In the United States in particular there is a liberal arts tradition of great books curricula. These programmes run alongside the main curriculum or, … More Great Books Curriculum

How to Teach Your Curriculum

Curriculum Shorts (Some short musings about curriculum) Pedagogy, ‘the method and practice of teaching’ (OED) was all the rage a few years ago. The all-singing-all-dancing ‘outstanding’ lesson as defined by lesson observation tick-lists was the elusive elixir that could be sprinkled throughout a school to ensure great outcomes for all. Thankfully this mirage has been … More How to Teach Your Curriculum

Curriculum Coherence

Curriculum Shorts (Some short musings about curriculum) A curriculum should make sense. At first this might seem to be an obvious statement, who, after all, would pursue a curriculum that did not? And yet it is possible to end up with an incoherent curriculum if various factors are not in place. Firstly the planned curriculum … More Curriculum Coherence

Interleaving and Curriculum Design

Curriculum Shorts (Some short musings about curriculum) Interleaving two or more pieces of curriculum content that are deliberately chosen as they juxtapose well and/or offer interesting viewpoints and perspectives, and arguments can work really well. When I teach drama I interleave the three practitioners Brecht, Stanislavsky and Artaud. I start by looking at how each … More Interleaving and Curriculum Design

Spiral Curriculum

Curriculum Shorts (Some short musings about curriculum) In his book, The Process of Education, Jerome Bruner wrote that: ‘A curriculum as it develops should revisit… basic ideas repeatedly, building upon them until the student has grasped the full formal apparatus that goes with them’ This idea was central to the spiral curriculum. It should also … More Spiral Curriculum