EDUC 5030

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Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide students with opportunities to become familiar with current theories in curriculum design as well as historical trends and societal influences on the processes of curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation. Participants will also become familiar with current research on learning and cognition. The activities and discussions in this course will stress the design of curriculum as involving both process and content. Societal influences, such as inclusive education, rural education, and aboriginal curricula, will be explored and discussed. The concepts discussed will apply to a range of educational settings, including post-secondary. The course will provide opportunities for participants to evolve their own theories of curriculum design and apply and evaluate them in their professional settings related to their interests with the M.Ed. Program.

This is taught as a blended course. Please note that 3 classes (listed in the course schedule) will be held fully online. These will take place throughout the week in question, and expectations for attendance and participation are outlined as provided in Assignment 1, below.

This instance of the EDUC 5030 course is intended to present an international, multicultural and multimodal perspective on its subject matter.

For the full, official syllabus, please see this PDF version

To access the Moodle site (for course discussion and assignment submission) see:

Course Schedule

January 8 & January 15 - THEME: The basics of curriculum, teaching and learning: What are they and why are they important?

January 22 & 29 - THEME: Aboriginal Curricula: Teaching and Learning as Daily Life and Culture

February 5 and February 12 - THEME: Non-Western Curricula

February 19 and February 26 and March 5 - THEME: Curriculum in the West

March 12 and March 19 - THEME: Curriculum Designs and Inclusive Curricula

March 26 and April 2 - Student Presentations

  • Assignment 5 due: Student presentations.
  • Wrap-up for course, April 2

  • Assignment 6: (Due April 8): 8-page paper on selected theme.

Guidelines for Discussion

Here are some general guidelines for discussions, both in class and online:

  • Show respect for others' feelings and points of view
  • Try to understand points of view different from our own
  • Demonstrate that we understand a point of view before challenging or critiquing it
  • Risk exposing our own uncertainty or tentative understanding
  • Willingness to share aspects of one’s own culture, with the reminder that we are all individuals, not necessarily spokespeople for our cultures
  • Be supportive of others when they are trying out tentative understandings
  • Listen attentively, and provide space for others to participate
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