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Curriculum: directions, decisions and debate

Fotheringham, Julia; Strickland, Karen; Aitchison, Karen


Julia Fotheringham

Karen Strickland

Karen Aitchison


The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the factors which may effect, stimulate or be the cause of curriculum changes in higher education (HE) in Scotland. This overview leads to a series of questions which could be used to encourage debate within and across institutions on strategic developments, which may enhance and inform the development of and support for the curriculum. The paper will begin by offering a definition of the term 'curriculum' before identifying the current areas of influence on how the curriculum, in its broadest sense, is shaped and delivered. This paper will provide an outline of some of the different approaches to the design and delivery of the curriculum which enhance the student experience in Scottish higher education, but which will of course have a wider relevance to HE in the UK and perhaps beyond.


Fotheringham, J., Strickland, K., & Aitchison, K. (2012). Curriculum: directions, decisions and debate. Developing and Supporting the Curriculum,

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2012
Deposit Date Apr 24, 2013
Publicly Available Date Apr 24, 2013
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Curriculum; academic practice; HE education; Curriculum for Excellence;
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