Children And Their Curriculum: The Perspectives Of Primary by Ann Filer, Andrew Pollard, Dennis Thiessen

By Ann Filer, Andrew Pollard, Dennis Thiessen

The purpose of this article is to motivate educators and researchers in spotting student views. Its imperative argument is that realizing a few of the disparity among ''curriculum as intended'' and ''curriculum as experienced'' increases the standard of college lifestyles and increase studying.

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A long and deep discussion about racism lasting nearly an hour was introduced by looking at some poems written by a wellknown Jamaican writer. One of the white boys, attempting to be helpful, caused an immediate reaction from Georgina (Year 6), who goes on to describe how Marilyn (their teacher) handled it: Lee said, ‘Why don’t we let Georgina or Milton read the poem because they know Jamaica and they’re Black’. I said, ‘Why? ’ Marilyn said, ‘All right let’s discuss it,’ and I read it and Lee read it.

Know that things can be moved by pushing them. 2. Pushes and pulls can make things start moving, speed up, swerve, stop. AT1, exploring, classifying playground equipment. Equipment that moves + that doesn’t move. (DES/WO, 1989) The translation of the generalized requirements of the National Curriculum into specific activities depends on local details such as the availability of resources (including time and people), the teacher’s perceptions of what her class is likely to respond to and her own knowledge of the concepts to be taught.

Angela enjoys herself when there is order, appreciates that her teacher emphasizes learning—‘what we learn, that is what’s important to her’—and is perceptive enough to make the connection between the two. Madeline (Year 5) has also spotted something educationally significant about her teacher: I think that if you do something wrong she never really lies. Some teachers lie. If they don’t think its very nice they say, ‘Oh! ’ And they just say that will have to do. But Theresa [their teacher], if you do something wrong, just says, ‘OK, that’s not very good, go and do it again’.

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