Staff and students co-creating curricula in UK higher education: exploring process and evidencing value

Woolmer, Cherie (2016) Staff and students co-creating curricula in UK higher education: exploring process and evidencing value. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Student engagement in learning and teaching is receiving a growing level of interest from policy makers, researchers, and practitioners. This includes opportunities for staff and students to co-create curricula, yet there are few examples within current literature which describe and critique this form of staff-student collaboration (Bovill (2013a), Healey et al (2014), Cook-Sather et al (2014). The competing agendas of neoliberalism and critical, radical pedagogies influence the policy and practice of staff and students co-creating curricula and, consequently, attempt to appropriate the purpose of it in different ways.

Using case-based research methodology, my study presents analysis of staff and students co-creating curricula within seven universities. This includes 17 examples of practice across 14 disciplines. Using an inductive approach, I have examined issues relating to definitions of practice, conceptualisations of curricula, perceptions of value, and the relationship between practice and institutional strategy.
I draw upon an interdisciplinary body of literature to provide the conceptual foundations for my research. This has been necessary to address the complexity of practice and includes literature relating to student engagement in learning and teaching, conceptual models of curriculum in higher education, approaches to evidencing value and impact, and critical theory and radical pedagogies.

The study makes specific contributions to the wider scholarly debate by highlighting the importance of dialogue and conversational scholarship as well as identifying with participants what matters as well as what works as a means to evidence the value of collaborations. It also presents evidence of a new model of co-creating curricula and additional approaches to conceptualising curricula to facilitate collaboration. Analysis of macro and micro level data shows enactment of dialogic pedagogies within contexts of technical-rational strategy formation and implementation.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Students as partners, co-creation, curriculum, student engagement, higher education, impact.
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Supervisor's Name: Bovill, Dr. Catherine and Slade, Dr. Bonnie
Date of Award: 2016
Depositing User: Dr Cherie Woolmer
Unique ID: glathesis:2016-7778
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2016 09:41
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2018 13:59

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