Towards an Area Based Curriculum: Manchester Curriculum Literature Review

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Abstract

The aim of an ‘area-based curriculum’ seems elegant in its simplicity: to enhance the educational experiences of young people “by creating rich connections with the communities, cities and cultures that surround them and by distributing the education effort across the people, organisations and institutions of a local area” (RSA, 2009). This paper discusses research literature, current projects and selected historical antecedents for an area-based curriculum in order to tease out the possibilities and tensions inherent in such an aspiration. In so doing, it aims to prepare educators and community partners for the obstacles they mi ght face in creating such a curriculum and to describe some of the related initiatives and research that might act as a resource for those embarking on such an endeavour.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoyal Society for the Arts, Manufacture and Commerce
Commissioning bodyRoyal Society for the Arts, Manufacture and Commerce
Number of pages37
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Education
  • Cities
  • Learning
  • Civil Society
  • Review

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