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R2C1 Balance: Does the curriculum-as-experienced offer everything which each learner has a right to expect?

As HMI (1985) put it: ‘A balanced curriculum should ensure that each area of learning and...

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Andrew Pollard
3 May 2010

As HMI (1985) put it: ‘A balanced curriculum should ensure that each area of learning and experience and each element of learning is given appropriate attention in relation to the others and to the curriculum as a whole’. If areas of learning are organised in terms of subjects, an appropriately balanced allocation of sufficient time and resources is crucial. 

 Elements of learning – knowledge, concepts, skills, values and attitudes – are taught within each curriculum area and again need to be balanced. Over-emphasis on knowledge or skills sometimes de-motivates learners and should be complemented by support for conceptual understanding and opportunities to develop personal perspectives. Such goals are clearly dependent on having an appropriate pedagogic repertoire.

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