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COURSE NUMBER: EDUC 303
COURSE TITLE: The Philosophy and Design of Curriculum Planning
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr John Hull
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 1.5)
CALENDAR DESCRIPTION: This course examines a variety of curriculum orientations and their implications for educational goals, pedagogy, student evaluation, and school structure at the elementary level. Students will also be introduced to the rigors of curriculum design; they will be required to construct a major unit plan as the culmination of weekly lab exercises. This course accentuates the correlation between lesson planning, assessment and unit goals.

Students with credit in EDUC 503 cannot receive credit in EDUC 303.

Prerequisites: EDUC 300
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Available from the Bookstore:
    • EDUC 303 Lab Manual
    • EDUC 303 Course Reader
  • Available online:
    • Alberta Programs of Study http://education.alberta.ca/teachers/program.aspx
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Content Area Assignment20%
Unit plan and Lab Assignments55%
In Class Writing Assignment25%
100%
OUTLINE:
  • Introduction - Refocusing
  • Program of Study
  • Making Education Unfamiliar
  • Another Christian Voice
  • Integral Curriculum
  • Library Resources
  • Worldview Perspectives
  • Curriculum Examples
  • Curriculum Theory
  • Conceptual Statement
  • POS Revisited
  • Curriculum as Indoctrination: Case Study USSR
  • Teachers of faith in public schools
  • Lesson Planning
  • Issues of Assessment
  • Putting it all into practice
LAB OUTLINE:
  • Curriculum Planning: Levels & Library Resources
  • Choosing a Unit and its Content
  • Content selection principles: Webbing
  • Worldview Perspectives
  • Identifying Unit Goals and Essential Questions
  • Big Ideas
  • Conceptual Statement
  • Planning Learning Experiences - Activities and Assessments
  • Scope and Sequence
  • Structure of Learning: Lesson Planning
  • Assessment Instruments
  • Consolidation: Lesson Plans
  • Unit Presentations to Peers


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