A model of active student participation in curriculum design: Exploring desirability and possibility

Catherine Bovill, Cathy J Bulley

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Abstract

This paper explores the desirability and possibility of active student
participation (ASP) in curriculum design. Rationales for pursuing ASP in
curriculum design are outlined. A conceptual model from community
planning literature is then presented – Sherry Arnstein’s ‘Eight rungs on a
ladder of participation’ – a model that has been used widely in various
disciplines but rarely in higher education. Arnstein’s model is adapted to
enable exploration of different possible levels of ASP in curriculum design
in higher education. Key features of this adapted ‘Ladder of student
participation in curriculum design’ model are outlined and illustrated
through the use of examples. Discussion focuses on contextualising the
desirability and possibility of different levels of student participation in
curriculum design, and explores the utility of the adapted model. The paper
concludes with some suggested areas of ASP in curriculum design that need
further investigation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImproving Student Learning (18) Global theories and local practices
Subtitle of host publicationInstitutional, disciplinary and cultural variations
EditorsChris Rust
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherThe Oxford Centre for Staff and Educational Development
Pages176-188
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781873576809
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • co-creation
  • students as partners
  • student engagement
  • Participation

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