Engaging and empowering first-year students through curriculum design: perspectives from the literature

Catherine Bovill, Cathy J. Bulley, Kate Morss
  • Teaching in Higher Education, April 2011, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2010.515024

First year curriculum design

What is it about?

This paper provides a literature review of first year curriculum design at university. It then provides reflections on this literature review drawing out key messages about the importance of a range of activities and underpinning principles that can enhance student engagement and empowerment. A useful model is presented to summarise the key elements of an engaging first year curriculum.

Why is it important?

This literature review draws together literature in the important area of the first year experience at university - and explores how curricula can be designed to engage and empower students. The model provided at the end of the paper is a synthesis of key research in this area and provides a valuable heuristic for discussing first year curriculum design in higher education.

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