The ‘official curriculum’ is central in shaping the work we do as teachers. Presently ‘official curriculum’ in Australia is undergoing a significant ‘makeover’ in an attempt to create an approach to education that can respond to what scholars refer to as ‘new times’ (Yates & Collins, 2010). The hopes for a ‘curriculum for the 21st century’ are inextricably linked to governmental economic and social imperatives. Following this then, questions are raised in relation to:
- what are the hopes for the ‘new curriculum’?
- what are the various reasons that underpin such hopes?
- how are such hopes influencing curriculum development and pedagogy?
- how can the individual teacher respond at classroom planning level?
I attempt to answer them in the following essay:
Read Chapman, D and Nicolet, T (2003) Using the project approach to online course management at http://technologysource.org/article/using_the_project_approach_to_online_course_development/ and Van Rooij, S. W. (2010). Project management in instructional design: ADDIE is not enough. British Journal of Educational Technology, 41(5), 852-864.
On your blog answer one or more of the following questions:
- What experience have you had personally in managing instructional design and development projects?
- What have you learnt that would have, or will, assist you in your management processes?
1. As I am a primary teacher and not teaching in the VET or Adult teaching area I generally plan units of work currently by myself as I deliver learning projects to students incorporating creative technological approaches in three separate schools. One project that is growing is a unit connected to UNICEF and incorporates virtual world technology. This could probably be considered an example of a project design as I had to run it past my Principal, accommodate the EAL/D teacher, and allow for the teacher aide. It is a fantastic project that is morphing weekly as changes and tweaking occur. I think however, that it is successful because I initially planned well and therefore further rich experiences have been fostered.
Linking to Chapman and Nicolet (2003) I did use in its construction a template (Program Builder) for the unit plan, I am the project leader and record the lesson sequences/changes/adaptions in the registration column and date them ‘to track changes’. I constantly discuss and reflect with the EAL/D teacher and Aide as I believe this is critical to creating cohesiveness and clarity when running a project of this nature. There has to be ownership of all parties.
2. I have learnt throughout this unit that good planning strategies are critical and you must always reflect/evaluate and modify. Project management skills, as stressed by van Rooij (2010), are also key in enabling the learner to complete a project successfully within a set time frame. I expect skills in this area will develop as I begin to work collaboratively with my colleagues to plan and implement learning endeavours for the future.
Chapman, D and Nicolet, T (2003) Using the project approach to online course management at http://technologysource.org/article/using_the_project_approach_to_online_course_development/
van Rooij, S. W. (2010). Project management in instructional design: ADDIE is not enough. [Article]. British Journal of Educational Technology, 41(5), 852-864. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2009.00982.x