OpenLearn Scotland
OpenLearn Scotland

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OpenLearn Scotland

2.2 Curriculum framework in Scotland

In this course you will find discussion of national curricula frameworks relating to Scotland, England and the Republic of Ireland. These literacy curricula vary in the details of their prescription and the level of flexibility.

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Learning outcomes

By the end of this free course you will have reflected on the following themes which a number of commentators have noted in relation to literacy policy in the Scottish context:

  • child-centredness versus the need for conformity in response to concerns voiced over falling standards;

  • the demands for focus and conformity from prescribed guidelines versus flexibility afforded to teachers and LEAs;

  • reductionist skills-based approaches versus whole-language meaning-based approaches.



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