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Life-wide curriculum

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The idea of a 'life-wide curriculum' grew from the concept of 'learning for a complex world'. It seemed to make sense that the only way we can prepare ourselves for the complexities and uncertainties that lie ahead is to bring our whole life to bear on the wicked problem. When viewed from the perspective of higher education it therefore seemed to make sense to extend this thinking to the curriculum - the totality of learning experiences that are used and recognized by teachers and learners, from which learning is derived and valued in the higher education learning profile of a learner. The life-wide curriculum is proposed as a concept for a higher education curriculum that maximises opportunity for the most inclusive concept of learning. It goes someway to addressing the valuing of 'self' in the higher education learning experience and recognises that we need to support and encourage learning to be and become as well as learning about in the higher education enterprise. The idea is captured in this symbolic picture drawn by Julian Burton.







The idea is presented as work in progress. The current life-wide model contains four elements.

  • academic
  • practice
  • complementary
  • rest of life




 LIFE-WIDE CURRICULUM CONCEPT PAPER.doc  WACE Conference Paper August 2008


The life-wide curriculum also has the greatest potential for fostering and recognising learners' creativity.




Please add your views to these provisional ideas.

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