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LSIS Research Development Fellowship (RDF) projects 2010-2011: ‘Why not our way, in our world? Developing the learners’ voice through curriculum development.’

Principal focus of the project

The project focused on recording experiences of students as relayed in focus groups and a 'media usage' chart as a questionnaire to assess their views. This was used as a basis for semi-structured focus groups through which curriculum development could be made more relevant to student life. Interviews with staff members also contributed to theories on supporting students to further develop the curriculum.

What is this about and what were the main findings?

The project adapted the curriculum according to feedback from both staff and learners, but found that as an action research project the commitment from learners varied as it was seen as an additional task to their workload during their A-Levels. Work done by learners on this project has been embedded in future curriculum delivery for A Level Media Studies, and could be applied to other subjects, with particular appreciation of 'peer led' processes which were seen to be successful by both learners and staff.

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Number of participants who worked with the project
Name(s) of authors

Damien Horner - Oxford and Cherwell Valley College

Name of associate programmes

LSIS Research Development Fellowship


A research report exploring student perceptions of their learning and experiences during A level media courses, and ways of developing media teaching provision to be up to date with changing technological landscapes.

Resource Type: Report, Research report
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