The screenshot above shows a comprehensive scheme of work document
that can support students in planning, revising or catching up on learning. I
also have a folder which contains presentations used in sessions. Future plans
will ensure that some key lessons are recorded and an audio-visual presentation
of them will be made available to increase students’ access to knowledge. This
activity is supported by John Whally, et al who recognised that online
resources allow learning to happen beyond a classroom environment, thereby
giving support to inclusion.
I think that planning a curriculum for the majority learners using
the methods outlined by Tyler works well with the BTEC qualification.
Nevertheless, following only the Tyler model can neglect the needs of an
increasing minority such as those in Maryam`s situation (Appendix 1). Maryam needed to obtain a qualification but
to achieve this she required interventions to make the learning environment
match her specific requirements.
Developing a hidden curriculum provided opportunities to address
Maryam`s requirements. In Tyler’s model it would neither have been a part of the
curriculum nor her technical education that she should need to become a
self-directed learner but without this she could not have succeeded. The hidden curriculum based upon individual
human needs contained procedures, rules, relationships and structures which
visibly overcame Maryam’s barriers. The curriculum sets out what the majority
of learners need to do to win their qualifications, learners with additional
needs demand that some extra features be built into the curriculum or exist as
part of a hidden curriculum. The problem
being that if the curriculum was made so inclusive that it provided everything
that Maryam needed it could be to the disadvantage of less mature learners who
would use it to avoid college, escape from learning and fail their courses. I feel both models have equal merit. To get
the best output a well-planned curriculum will be one that includes all models.
As I develop the curriculum more I will look at making sure that my existing
practise adopts that thought but I have to be careful not to break the
bureaucratic rules of the college or my job will be at risk.
Maryam, perhaps, because she is a fairly exceptional case has made
the author reflect and then think about how a curriculum can be opened up and
designed to overcome specific educational barriers. With the core values of the
college in mind (Retention, Success, Equality & Diversity), the author
feels a need to study and reflect more on his role and the important matters
Maryam`s case have raised. Along with the changes that he has already made to
the curriculum in order to widen participation the author will attempt to
investigate economic and political impacts upon the FE sector and learners.
Special thought will be placed upon age and gender inequality and research of
this topic will bond well with the next assignment.