What IS a student?
Seems an obvious answer to say somebody who participates in a programme of study.
For me the possible answers become many and complex if we reconsider such terms as ‘programme of study’. Despite the long history of universities, surprisingly little academic study has been done on the nature of teaching and learning, and the attendant subjectivities of ‘lecturer’ and ‘student’, and even less on the nature of ‘curriculum’.
The problematic meaning of curriculum, and therefore learning and teaching in higher education are the focus of my current ‘teaching’. Working on a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education this semester’s theme is Curriculum Design & Assessment. We kicked off with a contribution from Dr Kelly Coate (King’s College, London) where she discussed, amongst other things, a framework for inquiring into curriculum. Read the rest of this entry »