Bovill, C and Morss, K and Bulley, Catherine (2008) Curriculum design for the first year: Quality Enhancement Theme: The First Year Experience. Project Report. Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education .
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This report outlines the work and outcomes of a practice-focused development project on 'Curriculum design for the first year'. It was one of nine projects funded by QAA under the First-Year Experience Enhancement Theme of the Scottish quality enhancement agenda. The Enhancement Theme focused almost exclusively on the first year of undergraduate programmes, although it is acknowledged that some of the findings may also be relevant to the first year of postgraduate programmes. The aim of this project was to investigate the relationship between curriculum design and student engagement and empowerment, which may be viewed from two perspectives. On the one hand, curriculum design may encourage and enhance student engagement and empowerment; on the other hand, the process of curriculum design might be developed by engaging and involving students. The report firstly presents the context and process of the project. Key findings from the first-year curriculum design literature review are then presented. This is followed by key themes emerging from staff workshops, student focus groups and case studies of first-year curriculum design, which highlight interesting work being undertaken by practitioners from the HE sector in Scotland, Ireland and the US. Finally, we discuss some of the common issues emerging from the literature and practice, before presenting conclusions and recommendations. The report also includes appendices detailing the literature review and case studies.
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|Additional Information:||The authors would like to express their thanks to: staff who contributed to workshops at the Enhancement Themes Conference 2007 and the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) Spring Conference 2007 students who contributed to focus groups held at Queen Margaret University between April and June 2007 all staff who contributed case studies, whether contained in this final report or not colleagues from the other First-Year Experience Enhancement Theme projects, and an anonymous peer reviewer for feedback on the project Professor Terry Mayes and other QAA Scotland staff for advice on progress of the project Valerie McKeown and Wendy Stewart for their administrative support and for proof-reading this work QAA Scotland for funding this project.|
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