Spring 2020 - EDUC 471 D200

Curriculum Development: Theory and Practice (4)

Class Number: 2937

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    EDB 8620.2, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units.



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


Understanding the key concepts of curriculum development is essential to contemplating issues throughout the field of education and entering the profession of teaching. Over the last few years in British Columbia, the Minsitry of Educations’s redesigned purposes of education, capacities and strategies for teaching have been gradually implemented in public schools and classrooms. This “New Curriculum” is guided by core competencies, big ideas, content, and curriculum competencies that also make space for personalized learning, environmental education, Aboriginal perspectives and flexible learning. At the heart of the New Curriculum are literacy and numeracy, essential learning, creative and critical thinking, communication, and personal and social development of learners. Teachers are encouraged to 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. Students will benefit from classroom discussions, small group work and be able to pursue topics of personal interest in assignments.


The course has been designed:

  • To build a foundation of knowledge by surveying some enduring ideas in education as well as modern issues that impact education in general,
  • To allow cooperative group discussions where you will get a chance to compare and solidify your understanding,
  • To get a practical sense of curriculum through some activities in the field and,
  • To advance to the fundamentals of the B.C. Ministry of Education’s New Curriculum that are being implemented today, and envision how they may be intentionally applied to shape the future of education


  • Active Learning: attendance, punctuality, engagement in class activities, homework/reading, and professionalism in class 20%
  • Narrative/research portfolio: write three personal narratives that explore and analyze educational experiences 30%
  • Interviewing an educator and write up 20%
  • Developing and presenting a lesson plan in class 30%


There is no final exam for this course.



All course readings will be on Canvas or in handouts.

Registrar Notes:

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