Spring 2022 - EDUC 471 C300
Curriculum Development: Theory and Practice (4)
Class Number: 3669
Delivery Method: Distance Education
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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.
- Discussions 20%
- Assignments 60%
- Final Exam 20%
Centre for Online and Distance Education Notes:
All courses are delivered through Canvas. Students will have access starting the first day of classes.
Required Readings are the responsibility of the student to purchase. Textbooks are available for purchase online through the SFU Bookstore's website.
All courses have an Additional Course Fee of $40.This fee is not associated primarily with physical materials. This also supports developing tools and rich web resources embedded throughout the activities, assignments and videos.
If your course has an exam, further details may be available in Canvas
NOTE : Starting in Spring 2022, exams may be held in-person, at the Burnaby campus.
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NOTE: This course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change. Please check your course details in Canvas.
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ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
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TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2022
Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place. Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this 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).
Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required. You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.
Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.