Fall 2019 - EDUC 471 C100

Curriculum Development: Theory and Practice (4)

Class Number: 5846

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Distance Education

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 5, 2019
    Thu, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units.



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


Understanding the core concepts of curriculum development is essential to contemplating issues throughout the field of education and entering the profession of teaching.  In British Columbia, the purposes of education, learning outcomes and strategies for teaching are indicated in the Ministry of Education’s Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) and other documents.  However, one size rarely fits all classrooms, and teachers must make local decisions based on their students’ needs and sound pedagogical rationales.

This course will appeal to students in their professional development programs as well as practicing teachers and other educators.  Over the semester, we will evaluate the competing aims of education, survey the different ways we conceptualize curriculum and identify the pressures on it to reform, examine practical examples that reflect theoretical ideals, and have opportunities to pursue topics of personal interest in assignments.    On the one hand, this course attempts to introduce current pedagogical approaches for consideration; on the other, students will gain insights on how to implement these same approaches in their future classrooms, for example, in encouraging creativity, integrating technology across the curriculum, and using narrative writing as a personal way of making sense and respecting the learner’s experience in the construction of meaning.  Not least, the course is designed as a “story”, with the journey of the “hero” (or teacher) at its centre, as a reminder of the epic adventure in which all educators find themselves.


  • Online Group Discussions 12.5%
  • Assignment 1 12.5%
  • Assignment 2 12.5%
  • Assignment 3 12.5%
  • Final Exam 50%



No Textbooks.

Centre for Online and Distance Education Notes:

All  courses are delivered through Canvas unless noted otherwise on the course outline.

Required Readings listed on the course outlines are the responsibility of the student to purchase. Textbooks are available for purchase at the SFU Bookstore on the Burnaby campus or online through the Bookstore's website.

All CODE courses have an Additional Course Fee of $40

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Students are responsible for following all Exam Policies and Procedures (e.g., missing an exam due to illness).

This course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change. Please check your course details in your online delivery method, such as Canvas.

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Registrar Notes:

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