Archive | September 2014

Hidden Curriculum

What is hidden curriculum? Is it good or evil? Why does it exist and what can we do about it?
These are all questions that we have been discussing in our forum in my course 3210.

I wasn’t truly aware of what was meant by hidden curriculum but it turns out there is much more learning happening for students beyond the formal curriculum we teach to. And sometimes the content of the hidden curriculum can have a longer lasting effect on a student and/or can change the path they are on or the course they take.
As teachers, being aware that hidden curriculum exists, that you are transparent about it and even discuss the topic can lead to greater awareness and the impacts of the results.
As a learner, thinking about what I have learned from the hidden curriculum in this PID program is overwhelming and I feel it’s importance to me and my growth outweighs my learning from the formal curriculum.

I have attached an article that discusses hidden curriculum as a positive.
http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/nov93/vol51/num03/Mining-the-Values-in-the-Curriculum.aspx

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Outcome or Competency Based Education

Below is a link to an article on the subject of Outcomes Based Education. What is it? Is it based on previous histories of education or is it a paradigm shift and a new practice to how we educate?

http://www.up.ac.za/saafecs/vol28/malan.pdf

But first you need to really understand what they are and how Outcome and Competency Based Education styles differ. I have include the wikipedia definition of both. Very well explained.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Competency-based_learning

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outcome-based_education

Course 3210 – Curriculum development

After a fantastic summer, it’s now time to start my next course in the PID program – Curriculum Design. I am a little concerned about delving in to the minds and mastery behind what creates a good curriculum and the reasons why or what works best. This first week of my course – or really the first few days and I’m researching to really understand what curriculum is and what it means. As a trainer and facilitator in the corporate world my focus is how curriculum design works in that environment.
I found a great article that expresses a definition of curriculum, how to maintain consistency and rigidity and the value corporate beliefs that are forefront.

http://kessels-smit.nl/files/Artikel_1999_kessels__plomp-_a_relational_approach_to_curriculum_design.pdf