Strategic Curriculum Change in Universities

Global Trends

By Paul Blackmore, Camille B. Kandiko

© 2012 – Routledge

232 pages

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About the Book

The curriculum is a live issue in universities across the world. Many stakeholders – governments, employers, professional and disciplinary groups and parents – express strong and often conflicting views about what higher education should achieve for its students.

Many universities are reviewing their curricula at an institutional level, aware that they are in a competitive climate in which league tables encourage students to see themselves as consumers and the university as a product, or even a ‘brand’. The move has prompted renewed concern for some central educational questions, about both what is learnt and how.

Strategic Curriculum Change explores the ways in which major universities across the world are reviewing their approaches to teaching and learning. It unites institution-level strategy with the underlying educational issues. The book is grounded in a major study of curriculum change in over twenty internationally-focused, research-intensive universities in the UK, US, Australia, The Netherlands, South Africa and Hong Kong. Chapters include:

  • Achieving curriculum coherence: Curriculum design and delivery as social practice
  • Assessment in curriculum change
  • The whole-of-institution curriculum renewal undertaken by the University of Melbourne, 2005-2011
  • The physical and virtual environment for learning
  • People and change: Academic work and leadership

This book presents a theorised and contextualised approach to the study of the curriculum, and carries on much-needed research on the curriculum in higher education. It is an essential for the collection of all academics at university level, and those involved in policy making, quality assurance and enhancement.

Table of Contents

1. The Networked Curriculum 2. Achieving curriculum coherence: Curriculum design and delivery as social practice 3. A tradition of reform: The curriculum at Brown University 4. Curriculum Organisation and Outcomes 5. Transforming Student Learning: Undergraduate curriculum reform at The University of Hong Kong 6. Shaping the curriculum: a characteristics approach 7. Assessment in curriculum change 8. Enabling change: processes and resources 9. People and change: Academic work and leadership 10. The whole-of-institution curriculum renewal undertaken by the University of Melbourne, 2005-2011 11. Supporting change through development and evaluation 12. The physical and virtual environment for learning 13. Curriculum structure as a key variable affecting performance in higher education: The case of South Africa 14. Towards more successful curriculum change

About the Authors

Professor Paul Blackmore is Professor of Higher Education and Director of King's Learning Institute, King’s College London, UK.

Dr Camille B. Kandiko is Research Fellow at The King's Learning Institute, King’s College London, UK.

About the Series

Research into Higher Education

Co-published with the Society for Research into Higher Education

This exciting new series aims to publish cutting edge research and discourse that reflects the rapidly changing world of higher education, examined in a global context. Encompassing topics of wide international relevance, the series includes every aspect of the international higher education research agenda, from strategic policy formulation and impact to pragmatic advice on best practice in the field.

For more information, or to express an interest in writing for the series, please contact Natasha Ellis-Knight at Natasha.Ellis-Knight@Informa.com.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU015000
EDUCATION / Higher
EDU034000
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General