Fall 2021 - EDUC 471 D200

Curriculum Development: Theory and Practice (4)

Class Number: 5291

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    SRYC 5080, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units.



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


This course employs imaginative and experiential pedagogies to explore the terrain of Curriculum Studies. Students will be required to both critically and creatively examine their own beliefs, values and assumptions about curriculum, teaching, and learning, as they deepen and expand their understanding of the theoretical foundations of educational practices. Course readings and ongoing activities offer a range of conceptual and methodological resources for thinking differently about curriculum and for deepening understanding of how curriculum theory influences curriculum development and practice.


Students will

  • gain an historical understanding of the field of Curriculum Studies
  • identify one’s beliefs, values and assumptions about curriculum and pedagogy
  • explore the relationship between curriculum theory and practice
  • critically analyze and creatively respond to different keyword concepts in Curriculum Studies
  • deepen understanding of Indigenous perspectives of curriculum and pedagogy
  • engage in a personal inquiry into the practical and theoretical dimensions of a curriculum concept
  • explore how cognitive tools engage and grow imagination
  • explore the practical implications of Place-based and Imagination-focused approaches to teaching


  • Individual Keyword Writing Responses 40%
  • Group Keyword Seminar and Collaborative Response 20%
  • Deep(er) Dive: Imaginative (Ecological) Education Designs 20%
  • Mapping The Terrain of Curriculum Studies 20%


More information will be provided during the first class and on CANVAS.

There is no final exam for this course.


This is a highly interactive class. Attendance is required in all classes.



Wearing, J., Ingersoll, M., DeLuca, C., Bolden, B., Ogden, H., & Christou, T.M. (Eds.). (2019). Key Concepts in Curriculum Studies: Perspectives on the Fundamentals (1st ed.). Routledge.

Available: https://doi-org.proxy.lib.sfu.ca/10.4324/9781351167086
ISBN: 9780815348467


Judson, G. (2018). A Walking Curriculum: Evoking Wonder and Develop a Sense of Place (K12). Kindle Direct Publishing.

*ebook available
ISBN: 9781973540649


Egan, K. & Judson, G. (2015). Imagination and the Engaged Learner: Cognitive Tools for the Classroom. Teachers College Press.
ISBN: 9780807757123

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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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