Curriculum Development


I wrote a Curriculum Design that is a Higher Order Intellectual Quality, i intentionally omitted the application of technology in this design for the reason that, in most third world countries such as the Philippines, application of Education 2.0 or Internet and other tech application to learning is not yet accessible to many areas.

The absence of this Education 2.0 capabilities does not however prevents us from creating a 21st Century Curriculum Design. Take note that technology is just there to assist us in teaching or learning but it is not substitute to the theories and concepts of learning that we need to consider in designing a 21st Century Curriculum.

In this design, you will see that the lesson is not limited to what the textbook has provided, the Learning Tasks provided are taken from the REAL WORLD experiences or situations.

I have also included in this presentation the underlying reasons why we should be designing this kind of curriculum. As stated in the GOAL of what a 21st Century Learner/Citizen Should be.

We should not just focus on having the learners understand the topic, in English, Geometry or Statistics but use the subject as a jumping board to relate social events to the learners and allow them to collaborate with one another to help or contribute in solving the problem. That is the foremost goal of the NCBTS, as stated in its first Domain, that learners should acquire that SOCIAL REGARD FOR LEARNING.

This is a 21st century curriculum design, a curriculum that is a deviation from the old 20th century curriculum that is designed to meet the industrial economy, this Design on the other hand caters for the knowledge economy that we have today.

But before i continue with my Curriculum design, let us first review on what differentiates the 20th century learning and the 21st century learning.

20th Century Learning: Industrial Age

  • Learning Means, Acquiring information, Building knowledge (bit by bit) , “filling up” with knowledge.
  • Accumulation of Knowledge based credentials.
  • One size fits all; Disciplined, Passive Learners
  • Independent work on teacher generated – tasks.
  • Ritualized solving of teacher generated – problems.
  • General Intellectual skills developed implicitly via exposures to the traditional disciplines.
  • Separate Subject Disciplines.
  • Emphasis on “LEFT BRAIN” thinking – Logical, Analytic, Detail-Focused; disciplined rule following, respect for authority, Knowledge in bits and pieces.
  • The “Independent Scholar“.

21st Century Learning:   Knowledge Economy

  • Building Learning capacity, Learning Dispositions, Lifelong Learning, Learning how to Learn, Developing Key Competency (note, the NCBTS).
  • Doing things with Knowledge.
  • Personalized Learning; Active, Engaged Learners.
  • Teacher and Students generating Knowledge together.
  • Real World, Authentic, Learner generated Learning Tasks, Real World Problem Solving.
  • Foregrounding of General Intellectual Skills: Analyzing, Synthesizing, Creative Thinking, Practical Thinking, Ethical Thinking.
  • Interdisciplinary Focus.
  • “LEFT BRAIN” thinking necessary but not sufficient.
  • “RIGHT BRAIN’ thinking – Aesthetic, Synthsizing, Big Picture, Contextual, Simultaneous Thinking, Thinking “Outside the Box”.
  • People, Relationship, Teamwork Skills and EQ.

*The Comparison is Courtesy of; Rachel Bolstad,  New Zealand Council for Educational Research in a presentation entitled “Disciplining and drafting, or 21st century learning?” to Cantatech and Aoraki e-clusters Darfield, 3 September 2008.

I have presented an ANALYSIS on the Curriculum Design I constructed, i hope it will help you understand and guide you in constructing your own curriculum Design. By the way, this design does not prevent you from designing similar curriculum even in the absence of Technology (equipments or internet) , or perhaps in worst case lack of books especially in the rural areas.

You really have to be patient in reading, because other than reading there is no other way for you to understand the Topic. Podcasting is still out of my reach. :)

By the way, the LEARNING OBJECTIVE here is constructed following the format by Mager. Visit my previous article to learn more about Mager Objectives.

This is originally a document in Microsoft Word Format. I prefer reading in this kind of format :)

But I also used the PowerPoint Presentation in case you find it not appealable to your reading style.

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