RSCDS Unit 0

Chris Ronald

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A few months ago, Anselm mentioned that RSCDS had posted on its website a
proto-syllabus for a »Unit 0«. To give a clear picture, I'll quote at some
length from what Anselm said:

"Apparently [Unit 0 is] an outline for a class (or series of classes) aimed
at people who are interested in (or busy) teaching SCD/have inherited a SCD
group/... and who do not have the spare time, spare money, or inclination to
undergo the full RSCDS teacher certification process. Alumni of such a
class are awarded a record of completion of a course in basic SCD teaching
skills. While the document in question describes the *content* of such a
class, it does not seem to give any insights into details such as how long
the class should take, who the Society would like to see teaching (rather
than attending) such a class, who will award the »record of completion« and
on what basis (there is presumably not going to be an exam at the end), and
whether this will be recommended or even made a prequisite for people about
to embark on the official exam process. Can anybody here shed some light on
this....?"
Denise Smith (in Brisbane?) added: "So where is the course being run, will
people all over the world have access to it, who will be the tutors, will it
be run as a correspondence course to take into account all those very
isolated people who can't afford a trip to Scotland or any other big centre
for that matter....?"

The subsequent discussion focused almost entirely on the url (how to access
said document) without any light being shed on the questions raised by
Anselm and Denise. I've just been browsing through the new RSCDS website,
and I found a reference to Unit 0. You click on 'learn' on the home page,
and then choose 'continuing development' from the drop-down list. So far
as I can tell, this is the same document that Anselm enquired about.

Unit 0 seems like a good initiative. Hoping to learn more, I went to my
copy of the April 2010 issue of the Scottish Country Dancer and found a
piece on page 6 by Helen Russell, Convenor of the Education and Training
Committee. Helen says, among other things: "Several branches already
offer this type of course, so we have compiled many of their good ideas to
make Unit 0."

From Helen's comments, I would GUESS some of the answers to the questions
may be:

1. The course would be run by individual branches, perhaps with their own
teachers as tutors.
2. There's a lot of flexibility regarding the length and content of the
course; "Unit 0" would serve as a check-list for what one might want to
include.
3. Each branch develops its own teaching materials.
4. The branch itself issues a certificate of completion.
5. No connection with the RSCDS exam process is envisaged.
6. There's currently no plan to develop a correspondence course.

Even if my guesses are correct, a lot of questions remain. For example: Is
any thought being given to offering such a course at any of the summer
schools? And, are there some relevant teaching materials that have already
been prepared which could be shared with others?

Hoping some more light can be shed on this....

Chris Ronald, New York.

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