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Improvising the Curriculum: Alternatives to Scripted Schooling


Corbett, M and Vibert, A and Green, M and Rowe, JN, Improvising the Curriculum: Alternatives to Scripted Schooling, Routledge, USA, pp. 134. ISBN 9781138641655 (2016) [Authored Research Book]

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Equipped with cultural tools like cell phones, computers, and video cam­eras, youth today are called upon to improvise and construct themselves symbolically in a continuously connected world; yet new teachers and stu­dents are still expected to learn and deliver standardized, placeless forms of scripted curriculum. This volume argues for improvisation as an approach to curriculum that recognizes the fundamentally creative aspects of learn­ing that are often marginalized in communities of disadvantage. It provides interesting possibilities for schools that are working hard co keep up with technological, economic, and cultural change and argues for an improvised middle ground between structure and creativity.

This volume outlines a two-year research project performed in a Cana­dian middle school, where school staff used student filmmaking as a way co expand teachers' conceptions of literacy. It analyzes the response of students, teachers and parents as well as the student teachers that brought the program to the school. The improvisational techniques used while making the films paved the way for larger a broader analysis of curricular improvisation.

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Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:literacies, curriculum, improvisation, film making
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Continuing and community education
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in education
UTAS Author:Corbett, M (Professor Michael Corbett)
ID Code:113892
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-01-25
Last Modified:2017-06-13

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