In this assignment I will discuss curriculum theories and then relate them to my own profession and discuss where Beauty therapy lies within social and educational context. Develop my understanding of evaluation and quality assurance, along with using appropriate evidence to make proposals for improvements within the Beauty sector.
My current role is as a part time lecturer delivering Beauty Diplomas, NVQ level 1 and 2 Beauty Therapy courses. All students on the beauty diploma course range between 13 and 14. I teach basic skills to these students which include delivering a mixture of practical and theory activities to cover the outcome of the course. Students on the diploma course generally have no previous qualifications and the course is designed to give students an introduction to beauty therapy with the aim to progress to level 2 NVQ on completion of the diploma. When teaching on the level 2 programmes I teach 2 different groups, a day time class that generally consists of school leavers aged 16+ that attend college 3 days per week. I also delivery the NVQ level 2 qualification over two evenings a week this class is generally 18+ and a faster pace, These learners are expected to undertake 12 hours home study time. Once all theory input has been delivered the session opens up to commercial salon where students carry out their practical treatments on clients. Students are set knowledge and understanding questions for each unit and oral questions are asked individually to complete each assessment.
NVQ level 2 groups are generally hard working and respond well in their practical classes. I enjoy teaching level 2 students as generally they are interested in the profession.
The Definition of curriculum.
‘Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten’ (B.F Skinner, 1964: 484) Total Curriculum
There are many terms to describe the curriculum, A ‘Total curriculum’ would describe the education experience in total, A full package where extracurricular activities encompass the central core of the academic education, Cultural and sporting activities are integrated into the academic curriculum. A hidden curriculum has a big influence on learners, making it as important, if not more important than the national curriculum, Given that people constantly pick up messages from their environment, it is clear that the way a school is designed, the materials used, and its cleanliness has an influential role in education. If a building that looks and feels like a prison has one kind of impact, whilst a light and airy, inviting building has another. The school building sends out a message to pupils and staff about how much they are valued and also about how much their education is valued. Teachers attitude, language, learning materials, motivation, values and experience can have a ‘make or break’ effect on the learner and effect how enjoyable and successful a learner becomes. I read this article on the guardian website which I believe sums up the importance of role models and setting examples. ‘History lessons are dominated by Stalin and Hitler, and how they trampled over basic human rights. Then, in (compulsory) citizenship, pupils are encouraged to debate issues, develop an understanding of the political process and vote for a school council. Then they are marched down to the hall to be told that the toilets will be closed at lunchtimes because of smoking or some other crime that the majority of the pupils had nothing to do with. The kids can contemplate the human rights issues implicit in this policy as they wait with their legs crossed in the dinner queue - which is bypassed by the teachers, who walk straight to the front’ http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2004/apr/30/publichealth.comment
Planned Curriculum is what most of us would initially think of, i.e. what is set out on any...