Fall 2016 - EDUC 471 E200

Curriculum Development: Theory and Practice (4)

Class Number: 8495

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    SECB 1011, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units.



Explorations of curriculum theory and processes of development with applications at different levels and in several subject areas.


Curriculum is the underpinning of schools and institutions. It defines what teachers teach and what students learn. Curriculum development is the process of improving curriculum to determine what’s best for students to know and understand. This course will look at curriculum theories that guide curriculum development, reflect on learning experiences and how they connect to curriculum, and examine what factors influence curriculum and its implementation. BC’s New Curriculum will be a central topic in this course and students will develop a personalized curriculum.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

·   Differentiate between different curriculum theories and its application

·   Identify the complexities of curriculum development and implementation

·   Critique and analyze curriculum based on different curriculum theories

·   Design a unit plan utilizing BC’s New Curriculum – Building Student Success

·   Reflect on their learning experiences to assess and evaluate curriculum



  • Participation 20%
  • Group Work 10%
  • Reflective Writing 20%
  • IGNITE Presentation 20%
  • Curriculum Project 30%


Participation: Attendance is key to your success in this course. Students will select for at least two different tasks to complete: reading reflections (in-class), reading summary (online), class recorder (in-class/online), warm-up activity (in-class), or wildcard activity (in-class). Online submissions will be made on Canvas.

Group Work: Students will be assigned to small groups. Each group will meet regularly during class to discuss, deliberate, collaborate, or share. Small group challenges will be an integral part of this work. To be discussed further in class.

Reflective Writing: Guided questions will be provided each week for students to reflect on. Questions will be related to the reading and topic of the week. Students will address questions with free writing using Word, blog, or hand written journal.

IGNITE Presentation: IGNITE is a 5-minute presentation using 20 PowerPoint Slides. Students will present on a learning experience and curricular area of interest.

Curriculum Project: Students will examine BC’s New Curriculum and select an area of interest (e.g. course, grade level, and content). Students will develop a unit plan based on this area of interest. The intentions of the curriculum and key components of the curriculum should be implemented. The plan should include instructional strategies, learning resources, and assessment and evaluation strategies. Students will reflect on the planning process and practicalities of implementation.

Please note: There will be no final exam for this course.




Students are not required to purchase any texts for this course. Weekly readings, videos, and other learning resources will be made available in CANVAS.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html