Subject learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:
explore and develop conceptualisations of curriculum and identify implications for schools and school systems
describe a curriculum issue and its contextual influences
critically analyse issues, practices and literature on curriculum construction, implementation and review
frame and produce a curriculum project relevant to a school or school system
Assessment Task 1: Description
This first assignment intends to introduce you to an understanding of some introductory ideas to curriculum. The focus of the assignment is on your understanding of some general definitions and conceptions of curriculum and your personally constructed understanding of the influences on implemented curriculum.
a) Begin by stating in two or three sentences an intended curriculum (curriculum as text) focus of a program or subject – refer to the resource provided. This is likely to be a general or specific learning outcome that is addressed within the program or subject. It is most likely to be the ‘big learning idea’ for a unit of work or, even, a single lesson
b) Describe the implemented/enacted curriculum in 2 pages. That is, what is taught? In your description, under these headings, refer to:
i. What was the teacher/instructor doing and communicating?
ii. What were/ what are the students likely to be doing?
iii. What is the priority in the learning?
iv. What is likely being assessed and how is it being assessed?
v. What aspects of the intended curriculum are inherent within the enacted curriculum?
vi. What is the null curriculum?
c) In 1-2 pages, use Eisner’s Five Orientations to Curriculum to compare and contrast the intended curriculum with the implemented curriculum.
d) In 1 page, provide some insights into awareness of the curriculum by considering development influences on the curriculum.
e) In 1 page, describe professional/personal tensions that exist because of the congruence between intended and enacted implemented curriculum.
f) Finally, in 1 page, provide insights you have gained from this exercise.