Foundations of Teaching for Learning 4: Curriculum
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Course Date: 08 September 2014 to 20 October 2014 (6 weeks)
Curriculum is a framework for guiding teaching and learning. This course provides an opportunity for you to consider the relationship between the teacher, the learner and the curriculum.
Dr. Suseela Malakolunthu is an Associate
Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Malaya. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Michigan
State University, USA in the area of Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational
Policy. From 2005-2006, under the
Fulbright Senior Fellow Program, she conducted her research on ‘Multicultural
education and leadership’ at Stanford University, California. From 2009 – 2012
she served as a “Research Fellow” at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. And
in 2011 she was a visiting fellow at the Faculty of Education, Cambridge and
subsequently in 2012 she was appointed as “Fellow” at the Center for the
Commonwealth Education, Faculty of Education, Cambridge University, UK. Suseela
is a recipient of several fellowships and awards for her academic excellence
and participation in International Education Development Programs. She has been an invited speaker and delivered
several keynote addresses and research papers in international conferences. She
has also published books, articles in refereed journals, contributed chapters
in books, monographs, and research reports.
MacBeath is Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge, UK where he held the
Chair of Educational Leadership from 2000 to 2012. From 1997 to 2001 he was a
member of the UK Government National Schools Standards Task Force. His
consultancy work has included the OECD, UNESCO, the International Labour
Organisation, the Bertelsmann Foundation, the European Commission and the Education
Bureau in Hong Kong. More recently in his role as Project Director of the
Centre for Commonwealth Education he has, in collaboration with the University
of Cape Coast, helped embed leadership for learning in government policy in
Ghana. He was awarded the OBE (Order of
the British Empire) for services to education in 1997 and an honorary doctorate
from the University of Edinburgh in 2009. He has authored and co-authored 20
books in education, including most recently A
Common Wealth of Learning (Routledge, 2013) with Mike Younger and Learning in and out of School: the selected
works of John MacBeath (Routledge, 2012).
In this course you will learn how to use a curriculum to develop meaningful learning activities for each of your students. It will also help you to make better bridges between learning in and out of school and create more effective approaches to home-based learning activities.
This course is part of the
Foundations of Teaching for Learning program which is designed to assist people
who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education improve
their understanding of their role and work as a teacher. This set of courses will enhance your
knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a
teacher a professional.
Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what
you have learned to improve your teaching practice. While these are optional, it is
strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.
Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a
portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have
learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other
opportunities in the future.
I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
On the satisfactory completion of each course you will receive a statement of accomplishment related to the course. These courses form part of a Specialization and if you have enrolled for signature track and satisfactorily completed each of the eight courses in the Specialization you will be able to participate in the capstone project. On completion of the capstone project you will receive a verified Specialization certificate for the entire program.
Is there any point in taking
just one course out of the program?
Each course covers a different topic and can be taken separately though
we would recommend that the introduction is taken first as it explains the
techniques used and sets the scene for the other courses.
This course will help you answer the following questions:
do I understand curriculum?
are the different ways in which “curriculum” is understood?
are the connections between my students and the curriculum?
do I use the curriculum to develop learning activities for my students both
within the learning environment and beyond?