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Exploring the role of student researchers in the process of curriculum development

Lookup NU author(s): Professor David Leat, Anna Reid

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Abstract

Contemporary interest in student voice has evolved to include participation of ‘students as researchers’ in school affairs, which has been encouraged by political developments underpinning the rights of children. Although there has been little exploration of the role of student researchers in curriculum development, this paper provides a case study of their role in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership involving a secondary school in England working on developing enquiry-based learning. We use Basil Bernstein’s concept of framing and Clarke and Hollingsworth’s model of teacher professional learning to explore the dimensions of consequence when teachers start the process of pedagogic and curriculum innovation. There is considerable evidence of an impact on relationships between students and teachers and it is argued that this is an important lens through which to understand the role of student researchers.


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Author(s): Leat D, Reid A

Publication type: Article

Journal: Curriculum Journal

Year: 2012

Volume: 23

Issue: 2

Pages: 189-205

Print publication date: 24/05/2012

ISSN (print): 0958-5176

ISSN (electronic): 1469-3704

Publisher: Routledge

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585176.2012.678691

DOI: 10.1080/09585176.2012.678691

Notes: Special Issue of journal: Policy and Practice Disconnections in Curriculum and Teaching


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