• Knowledge and knowers in teaching and learning: an enhanced approach to curriculum alignment

    Author(s):
    Sherran Clarence (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Subject(s):
    Curriculum and instruction, Education
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    curriculum design, higher education, legitimation code theory, political science education
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6XW6R
    Abstract:
    John Biggs’ well-known curriculum design approach, constructive alignment, is widely used in higher education in the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa. Developed with one dominant account of learning through curriculum, this approach has a gap in terms of accounting for other kinds of knowledge building, and associated knower development. This paper proposes a complementary approach that accounts for different kinds of knowledge and knower building. Using Legitimation Code Theory’s concept of Specialisation, the paper argues that accounting for what makes a discipline ‘special’ in terms of its basis for legitimate achievement can enable curriculum writers to align curricula more effectively with that basis in different disciplines. Using a case study approach, this paper shows how this tool can provide lecturers and academic development practitioners with a useful mode of analyzing curriculum alignment to more ably account for how the development of disciplinary knowledges and knowers.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Publisher:
    UKZN
    Journal:
    Journal of Education
    Issue:
    66
    Start Page:
    65
    End Page:
    84
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 weeks ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial

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