Fall 2017 - EDUC 471 D100

Curriculum Development: Theory and Practice (4)

Class Number: 4398

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    BLU 10031, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Christine Younghusband
    Office Hours: TBA
  • 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 25%
  • Reflective Writing 25%
  • IGNITE Presentation 25%
  • Curriculum Project 25%
  • Please note: There will be no final exam for this course.


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. This will also include participation in cooperative group work and small group discussions.

Reflective Writing: Guided questions will be provided each week for students to reflect on. Questions will relate to the assigned reading or topic of the week.  Students will address questions via word processing 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 create minicurriculum on an area interest or expertise. Students will develop a unit plan based on this curriculum, which will include suggested instructional strategies, learning resources, and assessment and evaluation strategies. Students will reflect on the curriculum development planning process and practicalities of implementation.



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