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EDUC5678 Improving Learning and Teaching in the Curriculum

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline Restricted
This unit focuses on (1) national curricula as a phenomenon in a variety of countries; (2) teachers' views on curriculum initiatives in a climate of restructuring and devolution; (3) curriculum and ideology, curriculum as a social construct; (4) the nature of curriculum development, differentiating between curriculum design and curriculum development; (5) the nature of situational analysis, the relationship between situational analysis and curriculum development, Skillbeck's approach to situational analysis; (6) an introduction to different forms of curriculum organisation, the subject-based approach to curriculum organisation, the relationship between a subject-based approach to curriculum organisation and the teaching of thinking skills; (7) organising the curriculum according to pupils' interests, 'themes' or 'topics', and 'integration'; and (8) the nature of the curriculum change process, Vanterpool's principles of curriculum change, and Adams and Chen's proposition on curriculum acceptance and persistence.
Students are able to (1) broadly understand the meaning of the concepts of curriculum design, curriculum development, curriculum implementation, curriculum diffusion, curriculum innovation, curriculum evaluation and curriculum management; (2) understand the contemporary educational scene in Australia, particularly in Western Australia, with respect to each of these concepts; and (3) be aware of the major research questions in Australia in the areas associated with these general concepts and the variety of approaches to researching these curriculum areas.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an oral presentation during week 6 on a topic in the field based on significant library-based research and (2) an essay to be submitted at the end of the unit on the same topic as for the oral presentation and based on significant library-based research. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Tom O'Donoghue
Unit rules
Contact hours
lectures: 2.5 hours per week (for 10 weeks); offshore as required

There are no prescribed texts. In the first and subsequent lectures students are introduced to the sections of the Library dealing with the various aspects of the field of curriculum studies. They become familiar with the location of relevant books, encyclopedias, handbooks, other reference material and journals.

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