I had a look at a range of different articles in IJAD and this is the structure I liked the most. Somewhat similar to the structure of my MA dissertation… clearly not ready to break the mould just yet, hmm? 😉 My preference does make sense as this is also a phenomenological qualitative study with ~25 respondents and three themes emerging from the findings. I particularly liked the discussion of the three themes in turn, each concluding with ideas for discussion between academic developers and staff.
O’Neill, G., Donnelly, R., & Fitzmaurice, M. (2014) Supporting programme teams to develop sequencing in higher education curricula. International Journal for Academic Development, 19 (4) p268-280
Introduction – 600w: detailed description of issue, background & context. Subdivided by paragraphs only:
- Expansion & diversification of HE
- Rise & criticism of modular programmes
- Tendency of curriculum decisions to be influenced by context
- Contrasting conceptions of curriculum
- Neglect of macro-curriculum
- Scope of study
Literature Review 1000w
- Introduction to sequencing 600w
- Challenges to sequencing 350w
- Context & research approach 200w
- Data collection & analysis 300w
Findings 1200w: illustrated with indented quotes
- Theme 1: developing a collective philosophy 400w
- Theme 2: communication of sequencing to students and staff 300w
- Theme 3: developing strong building blocks 500w
Discussion and ideas for consideration 1600w: ellaborates on the three key themes. Each sub-section ends with 2-3 ideas for ADs to consider.
- Towards a collective curriculum philosophy 600w
- Developing curricular building blocks 500w
- Improving communication between staff & students re: sequencing 500w
Conclusion 200w: summarises purpose and focus. Intentions for utilisation of findings. Statement on generalisability, directions for further research. Importance/significance of this and further research.