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Curricula for Diversity in Education by Will Swann, Patricia Potts, Mary Masterton, Tony Booth

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Chapter 18

Returning to the basics

A curriculum at Harperbury Hospital School

Dave Hewett and Melanie Nind

In this chapter the authors give an account of their approach to the teaching of young adults at Harperbury Hospital School. They describe how they came to question the relevance of a traditional behavioural curriculum for their students who experience very severe difficulties in learning. They indicate, in detail, the approach of ‘intensive interaction’ which they developed as an alternative and explain their theoretical rationale for it. They discuss the ethical implications of the close personal contact which their new practice entails and consider the possibilities for its use in other settings.

1 DEVELOPING A CURRICULUM CRITIQUE

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