Critical Curriculum Inquiry in an Undergraduate Visual Communication Design Programme [chapter]

Elmarie Costandius
2010 Curriculum Inquiry in South African Higher Education  
High School in Stellenbosch. All community interaction in the VCD curriculum take place in partnership with the NGOs Vision-K (Kayamandi) and Vision-V (Vlottenburg), which facilitate a life skills programme for Grade 10-12 learners. Nussbaum's (2002) description of good citizenship, which includes the ability to criticise your own traditions, mutual respect for other opinions, thinking as a citizen of the world and not only locally, and imagining yourself in the shoes of others -what she calls
more » ... rs -what she calls the "narrative imagination" -was used as a framework for the Citizenship module. Students and learners wrote reflections on their experience after each interaction, as well as an overall reflection at the end of the three-week module. These reflections, together with 12 focus group interviews and observations collected from 22 learners and 65 students, were the main sources of data for the case study to investigate the value of the module. The aim of using case study research in this particular instance was to investigate students' and learners' attitudes, perceptions and expectations with regard to the Citizenship module. The components of the research, the researcher (myself), the sampling, the data and the context, when analysed in detail, contributed to the vast number of factors yielded by the research. As an example of the complexity involved, I offer the following (sometimes conflicting) elements: who was the researcher? (white and Afrikaans-speaking); who constituted the sampling? (98% white Afrikaans and 82% female students); how were the data received? (99% of reflections were written in English); and what was the context? (a historically white Afrikaans university).
doi:10.18820/9781920338671/16 fatcat:dwyn2r7dnzcqzh7s4e2jgdnwuq