This case study reports three specific kinds of impact: on the
development of Key Stage 5 (AS and
A level) curricula; on the practice of Key Stage 5 teachers; on the
choices and interests of students
(which in turn contributes to impact on curriculum design). Interventions
workshops, committee membership and consultancy have helped to shape
developments for many
years. Key beneficiaries of this work are students, teachers, examiners
and curriculum designers.
The work has had particularly significant impact at Key Stage 5, although
some of the activity is
relevant at earlier stages.
`Scenes of Provincial Life' exemplifies the practice based research of M.
Szpakowski. It was ground breaking in its presentation of "art" video on
the world wide web, and involved both conceptual and technical
experimentation/research/ development which fed into other activities and
outcomes offline, which then fed back into the work itself. The sequence
generated offline presentations including 78 screenings of works from the
sequence in the period Sept 2009 - Dec 13 at film festivals and galleries
on 5 continents, fed into a substantial body of applied work with school
students (2 DVDs and a CD ROM, screenings at the BFI and the Shortwave
Cinema) and informed Szpakowski's approach as editor in chief, co-curator
and writer on the pioneering online curated video resource DVblog (2005 -
the present). This research has also fed into writing on short form and
online video for the journal MIRAJ and for Furtherfield, the leading UK
digital arts platform. It is important to note that, although this
document covers the period 2009 -13 the project began in 2002/3, assuming
its current format in 2006.
This case study details the impact of Sounds of Intent, an
internationally unique project concerned with music and children with
special needs. It fills a gap in educational provision by:
- mapping the musical development of children with learning difficulties;
- providing a curricular framework and readily accessible means of
recording attainment and progress, thus;
- enabling teachers to improve practice, so;
- maximising pupils' opportunities for musical engagement and learning.
The Sounds of Intent website was launched early in 2012, using
innovative software, and initiating a national programme of dissemination.
By the end of July 2013 the site had attracted almost 3 million visitors
from all over the world, who had downloaded nearly 400,000 resources. The
impact on children in England can be gauged by the fact that 350
practitioners (representing almost 100 of the 500 or so schools offering
specialist learning difficulties provision) were undertaking assessments
and using the system to plan music curricula for their pupils.