International Journal of Art & Design Education

Developing Criteria: Changes in the Art and Design Curriculum and Examination for 14-16s in Scotland

Volume 4.3   1985



A comparison is made between the 14-16 curriculum in England, with the move to GCSE, and in Scotland with the standard grade course replacing the O level. The author notes that the Scottish system of grade descriptions and grade related criteria goes further than the GCSE examples and has led to several conspicuous shifts of emphasis in the new course. A pilot study leads the author to the conclusion that art and design education is a process of interaction between teacher and class, teacher and pupil, pupil and pupil; that critical activity linked to practical experience is relevant to the least, as well as the most, able, and that assessment should grow naturally out of the curriculum as it develops.