Engaging Curriculum for the Middle Years
Bishop, P., & Downes, J. (2008). Engaging curriculum for the middle years. Curriculum Matters, 4, 52–68. doi:10.18296/cm.0096
This article explores the recent addition of Years 7–10 as a distinct learning pathway within The New Zealand Curriculum (Ministry of Education, 2007a) in relation to the middle years’ historical struggle for recognition. It suggests that this addition presents educationalists with an opportunity to address anew the declining engagement of young adolescents by re-envisioning an engaging curriculum for the middle years. A brief theoretical framework is offered for understanding the importance of fit between learner and schooling. Based on this framework, three essential characteristics of such a curriculum are proposed: relevance, negotiation, and integration.
Bishop, Penny and Downes, John Matthew, "Engaging Curriculum for the Middle Years" (2008). Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education Publications. 2.