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Curriculum reform in UK economics: A critique

Mearman, Andrew; Berger, Sebastian; Guizzo, Danielle


Andrew Mearman


This paper offers a multi-dimensional critique of recent reforms to UK Economics curricular frameworks. The paper assesses the reforms in terms of their extent and the positions taken within them on their approach to economics, treatment of politics, and, crucially, educational philosophy. Despite claims of innovation and new epistemological caution in the wake of the global financial crisis, the reforms are found to be minor and superficial. The CORE programme and the revised Subject Benchmark Statement document for Economics still ignore educational philosophy; yet they are implicitly educationally instrumental and remain limitedly pluralist. Our conclusions are buttressed by contrasts made between UK reforms and the curriculum architecture found in the Brazilian system.


Mearman, A., Berger, S., & Guizzo, D. (2016). Curriculum reform in UK economics: A critique

Publication Date Dec 1, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords curriculum, reform, UK economics, critique


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