A Local Curriculum
Using your locality as a stimulus for curriculum development
Routledge – 2015 – 176 pages
How can your local area become a source of inspiration for curriculum development? How can it enhance the teaching and learning at your school?
This book explores how your local area and its resources can be used as a stimulus and inspiration for curriculum development. It argues that the geography, history, culture and people within your local area can enrich the learning experiences offered to students making them more relevant and meaningful.
Drawing on a wide range of examples from schools already taking this approach, the book shows show how the rich histories and cultures of individual subjects can be developed through an understanding of the local area. It also reveals how engaging with the 'local' in education can help restore young people's sense of identity and community. Features include:
This exciting new book aims to inspire you to develop a curriculum that is meaningful for pupils and gives them a strong sense of connection with their local area and understanding of its past, future and present.
1. A local-based curriculum: features and benefits; 2. No Curriculum Development without Teacher Development; 3. Defining the Local; 4. The Geography of Place; 5. The History of Place; 6. The Culture of Place; 7. Community and Place; 8. Developing a Local Pedagogy; 9. Redefining the Local; 10. Developing Teaching and Learning Partnerships for Curriculum Development; 11. Evaluating and Sharing Your Work
William Evans is Senior Lecturer in Education at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Jonathan Savage is a Reader Education and Enterprise Fellow at the Institute of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK