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Participatory arts programmes in higher education qaa subject benchmarks review

Participatory Arts Programmes in Higher Education

QAA Subject Benchmarks Review


Quality assurance agency for higher education

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

QAA’s job is to safeguard quality and standards in UK universities and colleges, so that students have the best possible learning experience.

www.qaa.ac.uk


Subject benchmarks

Subject benchmarks

  • QAA benchmark statements set out expectations for the standards of degrees in a range of areas

  • These describe what give each subject discipline its coherence and identity

  • The statements define what can be expected of a graduate in terms of the abilities needed to develop an understanding or competence in the subject


Subject benchmarks content

Subject benchmarks content

  • Published for both undergraduate and masters programmes

  • The benchmarks refer to two sets of skills:

    • Subject knowledge and skills

    • Generic intellectual and transferable skills

  • Not a national curriculum

  • The benchmarks allow for flexibility and innovation in programme design within an overall conceptual framework


Use of benchmarks

Use of benchmarks

  • Academics in higher education have to show that they are developing their programmes with these benchmark statements at the heart of the content and standards

  • The statements could influence potential curriculum content in ArtWorks’ area of research


Review of subject benchmarks

Review of subject benchmarks

  • Regular reviews of content of benchmarks

  • During reviews QAA contacts professional, statutory and regulatory bodies along with any subject associations and networks with an invitation to be involved in the review of the relevant benchmark statement


Relevant benchmarks

Relevant benchmarks

http://www.qaa.ac.uk/AssuringStandardsAndQuality/subject-guidance/Pages/Subject-benchmark-statements.aspx


Observations on current benchmarks

Observations on current benchmarks

  • ‘Participatory practice/settings’ as a term is missing from the benchmarks

  • Community arts is seen as potential area of employment for an artist

  • Understanding of work is covered optionally

  • No requirement under skills


Suggested amends

Suggested amends

Narrative

Graduates from degrees in [subject area] may wish to take up employment opportunities where they apply their subject specific skills in a range of participatory settings eg community, youth work, health, criminal justice and education. This kind of work involves the development of contextual understanding and a set of transferable skills all of which will be relevant to any form of employment.


Suggested amends1

Suggested amends

Subject-specific knowledge and understanding, attributes and skills

Skills:

Ability to plan, facilitate and evaluate a project which applies aspects of subject expertise in one or more participatory settings.

Knowledge and understanding:

Develop understanding of the ethos, history and contexts for work in participatory settings.


Influencing the review of subject benchmarks

Influencing the review of subject benchmarks

Contacted so far:

  • The Standing Conference of University Drama Departments

  • National Association of Music in Higher Education

  • Higher Education Academy


How you can help

How you can help

  • Send feedback on our suggested amends to [email protected] by 30 April 2014

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