Week 8 - "The Shift"

Essential Questions
  • What is curriculum?
  • What “vocabulary” is relevant development, implementation, and monitoring?
  • How can knowing curriculum history give me not only a perspective on the past but also a direction for the future?


History of Curriculum Group Activity

Essential Question
How can knowing curriculum history give me not only a perspective on the past but also a direction for the future?

Directions
Form two groups and choose one of the two time periods listed below. Describe the period in terms of focal points, key contributors and salient ideas, events or trends from the era that influence curriculum today.

  • The Colonial Era and the 19th Century
  • The 20th & 21st Century

History Timeline - A Starting Point
  • 1600’s and 1700’s – What was happening in education? Where did curriculum fit in?
  • The Harvard Curriculum (est. 1642)
  • Franklin’s Academy (Est. 1749)
  • 1862 – Morrill Act
  • 1875 – Thorough and Efficient Education
  • 1893 – The Committee of Ten
  • 1895 – The Committee of Fifteen
  • 1918 – The Cardinal Principles of Secondary Education
  • 1927 – NSSE Yearbook
  • The Eight-Year Study
  • Sputnik and the National Response
  • 1960’s & 1970’s – What were the trends in Curriculum Reform?
  • 1983 – A Nation at Risk – What got us here? What were the results?
  • 1996 – The Introduction of the NJ CCCS
  • 2001 - NCLB

Group Guidelines
• All resources must be bookmarked using our Diigo group.
• Researched content can include all types of media.
• End result will be posted to the class wikispace.

Questions to Ask
• Is the curriculum student-centered, subject-centered or society-centered?
• Is the curriculum guaranteed and viable?
• What are the ironies, inconsistencies, and contradictions in approaching curriculum? How do they impact curriculum planning and




Current Events - Wrap Up
TBD


Looking into the Future - What do you see?
Find five images using Flickr to illustrate or exemplify your ideas to answer the following question:

  • How can knowing curriculum history give me not only a perspective on the past but also a direction for the future?


Homework Assignments
  • Watch Konrad's Presentation from Educon 2.1 & Add to the notes in Google Doc's http://educon21.wikispaces.com/204-5
  • Current Events
  • Find five images using Flickr to illustrate or exemplify your ideas to answer the following question:
    How can knowing curriculum history give me not only a perspective on the past but also a direction for the future?
  • Become Educated on Creative Commons: http://creativecommons.org/about/
  • Check out this PhotoStream on Flickr.


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