- In the context of significant changes in geopolitics, economic development, technological advancements globally. The pressure on educational institutions to meet the societal expectations is unprecedentedly high. As a result, schools and universities need not only react fast to the changes but be proactive. Teachers need to be able to apply curriculum knowledge and engage in thoughtful leadership in making curriculum related decisions. The course is designed to provide master students with the theoretical knowledges to become perceptive and inquiring educators. The participants will learn theories behind the curriculum development, recognize philosophical, sociological, psychological, and pedagogical orientations in ‘education’ to better understand problems and how they can be approached. The key curriculum questions that we will address are: what counts as ‘knowledge’? Why? How do curriculum frameworks emerge, and which is best? Why? We will explore a) how your curriculum meets (or does not?) the educational goals of the Russian Federation, b) if/how it meets (or does not?) the ‘international’ standards in education (and who sets these standards?), and c) how you would change (or would not?) your curriculum and why.
- demonstrate analytical understanding of the relationship among the four components – curriculum, teacher, students, and context
- develop an understanding how to shift from being the teacher as a curriculum doer as a curriculum leader
- evaluate your curriculum at a national level (the set of subjects that children must study in one country) and an international level (the subjects studied in a school, college, and what each subject includes).
- participate in curriculum inquiry through participation in professional discourse
- use theories to examine philosophical, historical, sociological, psychological, and political orientations in curriculum development
- What is curriculum and the field of curriculum studies
- What counts as knowledge?
- Curriculum as content and product
- Curriculum as Process and Development
- Curriculum development, change, and control. The politicization of the school curriculum
- Curriculum evaluation. National and ‘international’ standards in education
- Class participationBy actively participating in each seminar, you earn a pass. By actively participating in ALL seminars, you earn 30% of class participation. There will also be three assessed activities.
- ExamCurriculum evaluation team project. Assessment criteria will be circulated during the course.
- The Primary Curriculum : Learning from International Perspectives, edited by Linda Hargreaves, and Janet Moyles, Taylor & Francis Group, 1998. ProQuest Ebook Central,
- Key concepts for understanding curriculum, Marsh, C. J., 2009