In the 14 months since the statue was removed, there has been a great deal of debate about “decolonising the curriculum” but very little change. Or both? Neema Begum and Rima Saini. One of the most significant educational problems relating to gaps in the curriculum is the lack of representation of black and minority ethnic groups, and their histories and achievements within the UK. Masterclass series, Victoria, The Neuroscience of Creativity by Nerdy Novelist Sue Woolfe What is the impact of an ethnocentric curriculum? Below we explain some of the key issues involved. This has become an important issue for South African universities, in the context of the Fees Must Fall movement. Decolonising the Curriculum University of Johannesburg: In 2016, colleagues at the University of Johannesburg invited me to join their discussion about decolonizing the curriculum. The curriculum – and particularly its assessment systems – serve to reproduce society’s broader inequalities. The Decolonising the Curriculum Toolkit is a collaborative project involving students and staff at the University of Westminster and beyond. He asks questions such as what is the future of curriculum development in the UK? David Russell 2nd January 2020 at 2:02pm. University of Cape Town provides funding as a partner of The Conversation AFRICA. The key ingredient in achieving this change is the student voice. An award that celebrates groups that have been actively promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity through their projects. It's naïve to assume educators haven't thought about ethnocentricity and diversity in the curriculum, says David Russell. Decolonizing the Curriculum: The BLM Approach to History Somewhere in the fireworks and star-spangled attire of every Fourth of July lies an all-too-familiar historical script. They need not be. We understand decolonising as an on-going process that involves unravelling our assumptions about curricula, critically examining its content and forms, and imagining new ways of learning together. It is the way in which the curriculum at every point – from who gets admitted, who thrives, who survives, who fails – mirrors back the historical and current unequal distribution of educational resources in the broader society. This challenge has received very little attention in the recent debates on “decolonising”. Decolonising the curriculum is about recognising and challenging the colonial roots and Western biases of what we teach, how we teach it, and what we value in our students’ work. Why decolonising the curriculum is a job for teachers. — Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Regulatory frameworks - free webinar There is a risk that because of fatigue, frustration, and silencing this important moment will pass us by. 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It is highly plausible that such a connection exists, because among other things, decolonising the curriculum entails re-evaluating what counts as canonical knowledge and sound methodology, and simply also recognising all the other cultures, civilisations and knowledges that exist. 25th November, 2020. The risk of not having a clear strategy is that the curriculum will look no different in 2020 than it does in 2016. Students are not naive about their role in curriculum change. x��K�d�q��}�Z�K��z�:u�;K6pe�������RI������CB2�C��ά|DF�;"��p���N������ϗ��|�.���~�?���~��ߟ���O���? Hanley developed six books form a new Curriculum Programme Resource for schools or teachers to form lessons and activities in primary, secondary or early childhood education. But is the curriculum actually relevant for these new students, many of whom don’t fit the profile of the typical “mainstream” middle class, white, “university-ready” 18-year-old school leaver? 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