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Mapping the curriculum or doing curriculum mapping? A view from Linguistics and Language programmes

Willans, Fiona (2021) Mapping the curriculum or doing curriculum mapping? A view from Linguistics and Language programmes. Directions: Journal of Educational Studies, 35 (1). pp. 29-37. ISSN 1011-5846

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This article uses examples from three language programmes to discuss different points in a programme’s lifecycle at which it is valuable to map the curriculum. Firstly, when a new programme is proposed, it is obviously important to determine what its overall programme outcomes will be, and to align these with the outcomes, activities and assessments of each individual course within it. Secondly, when a programme is struggling to attract student numbers, this invites us to revisit similar processes, asking what the programme is for, how well the different courses are currently achieving their intended outcomes, and what changes might help students see the value of this programme. Finally, when different stakeholders have conflicting views about what a programme is for, programme outcomes in particular help to frame the conversation. BA programmes in Cook Islands Māori, Hindi Studies, and Linguistics, respectively, will be used to illustrate the types of questions that have been asked of the curriculum in each of these scenarios. Throughout, I argue that asking these questions of a curriculum is vital, but that care must be taken to ensure that the process of ‘mapping’ does not take on a life of its own, leaving the curriculum in its wake. As soon as discussions become dominated by surface-level attention to the phrasing and formatting of templates, at best, the process simply becomes an administrative distraction from teaching and, more worryingly, can lead misunderstandings of curriculum alignment to be recirculated and reinforced at increasing levels of authority.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: School of Pacific Arts, Communication and Education (SPACE)
Depositing User: Fiona Willans
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2021 00:01
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2021 00:01

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