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Personal support and excellence : parallel lines?

McLaren, David J. (2010) Personal support and excellence : parallel lines? Scottish Educational Review, 42 (1). pp. 37-47. ISSN 0141-9072

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Abstract

Despite the laudable aims and intentions of the Curriculum for Excellence, there is continuing uncertainty as to the role and function of Personal Support which has been effectively marginalised. Rather than emphasising its crucial role in underpinning and driving the four capacities, the Curriculum for Excellence currently seems ill at ease with Personal Support and its place in the new framework and there is a lack of any clear vision in terms of philosophy and structure. It is argued here that this policy vacuum and lack of direction is an inevitable result of three parallel and unconnected ‘approaches’ or ways of thinking which might be characterised thus: -the ‘Standards’ approach, based on the recent National Review of Guidance -the ‘Curriculum-building’ approach, based on a recent series of curricular policy documents produced by the Scottish Government -the ‘Excellence’ approach, based on documentation produced by HM Inspectorate of Education The paper will further argue that there is a pressing need for clarity of vision and of purpose.

Item type: Article
ID code: 35862
Keywords: curriculum for excellence, personal support, policy, Theory and practice of education
Subjects: Education > Theory and practice of education
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Education > Education
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2011 13:33
Last modified: 04 Oct 2012 14:06
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/35862

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