Curriculum Metapractice

Incorporate the perspective of curriculum theory into your reflective practice for better pedagogical development

 

 Take the Curriculum Ideologies Test below to see if you are more of a …

Scholar, Trainer, Radical or Facilitator

 

The Test and Guide will enable you to think about …

What  are your most and least preferred options?

What does this say about your educational values?

How does your most preferred option resolve the perceived problems of your least preferred option?

How might the other two options contribute to a mixed approach which enhances your primary preference?

How could you include all four options in one framework?

How do you maintain a caring, critical, creative and collaborative attitude towards people with different curriculum ideologies?

P4T Metatheory: reconciling and balancing competing values in the field of practice

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You will need to use the Curriculum Ideologies Inventory to take the test as instructed in the guide below

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A quick guide to the typology, test,  interpreting your results and developing practice

1. 1. Curriculum Metapractice Test & Guide Dr Tim Saunders P4T : Philosophy for Teachers : p4t.org.uk 2. Aims 1. Know yourself better in terms of 4 Curriculum Ideologies – take a test as a quick way in 2. Personalise theory better – self-author your own curriculum philosophy for academic and professional purposes 3. Develop better practice – how you can develop your practice in harmony with your philosophy 4. Teach for a better world 3. Metatheory : P4T Map 4Ps of Personal, Pedagogical, Professional and Planetary Development. 4. Metatheory : P4T Map The focal practice of Curriculum as part of pedagogical development. 5 Michael Stephen Schiro Schiro, M.S. (2013) Curriculum Theory: Conflicting Visions and Enduring Concerns 2nd Edition. London: SAGE Publications Source of the P4T Curriculum Typology 6. What’s the Point of School? Curriculum 1 Know Yourself 1 Minute Task: Circle your most preferred and your least preferred view The purpose of school is … A To develop new members of academic disciplines B To develop members of society C To support individual growth and interests D To heal societal ill 7. The purpose of school is … Curriculum Ideology A To develop new members of academic disciplines Scholar-Academic B To develop members of society Social Efficiency C To support individual growth and interests Learner Centered D To heal societal ills Social Reconstruction What’s the Point of School? Curriculum 1 Know Yourself 1 Minute Task: Note the terms used to define the different types of curriculum ideology 8. Scholar-Academic Social Efficiency Learner Centered Social Reconstruction Purpose of School To develop new members of academic disciplines To develop members of society To support individual growth and interests To heal societal ills Teaching & Role of Teacher Transmitter Manager Facilitator Companion Learning & Learning Theory Discipline-based Behaviorist Developmental & Constructivist Social-constructivist Knowledge Objective reality defined by academic disciplines Objective reality as socially interpreted Individualized co- negotiation between teacher and learner Individualized, value- laden; focus on improving society Childhood Passive learners, potential new members of the discipline Active & passive learners, members of society Active learners, individual minds Active members of changing society Evaluation & Assessment Norm-referenced to text student’s ability to represent what has been transmitted Criterion-based to test ability to perform skills Formative, diagnostic; to diagnose student growth Formative, diagnostic; to demonstrate values Getting an Overview of Schiro’s Typology in Relation to Your Preferences Curriculum 1 Know Yourself 5 Minutes Task: Reflect on the table to assess how well you know yourself. 9. Link to Download PDF Exploring and Analysing Your Curriculum Values More Deeply Curriculum 2 Personalise Theory 20 Minutes Task: Take the Curriculum Ideologies Inventory 10. How to transfer your responses from the inventory to the sorting form Exploring and Analysing Your Curriculum Values More Deeply Curriculum 2 Personalise Theory 10 Minutes Task: Graph Your Results on the Sorting Form 11. Example, this person … • Prefers the Learner-centred position • Does not prefer the Scholar- Academic position • Has mixed feelings about the Social Efficiency and Social Reconstruction positions Exploring and Analysing Your Curriculum Values More Deeply Curriculum 2 Personalise Theory 10 Minutes Task: Interpret and Analyse Your Results 12. 1. My curriculum philosophy is … (most preferred option, including your role as teacher and your view of learners) 2. I also believe that it is important to … (2nd most preferred option) 3. I also take into account … (3rd most preferred) 4. My least preferred approach to curriculum is … but I still recognise its value for … (least preferred option) 5. There is a danger that … (why you don’t like your least preferred) 6. However, if we concentrate on … this will be kept in balance (how the benefits of your most preferred option provide the solution) Articulate Your Own Curriculum Philosophjy for Academic / Professional Purposes Curriculum 2 Personalise Theory 20 Minutes Task: Write a summary of your curriculum philosophy including all four ideologies 13. In the light of your own curriculum philosophy how would you argue for or against the P4T hypothesis that: – The Learner-centred position is best conceived as the goal of the curriculum – The Scholastic Academic is best conceived as the ground of the curriculum – The Social Efficiency is best conceived as the direction of the curriculum. – The Social Reconstruction is best conceived as the instrument of the curriculum Articulate Your Own Curriculum Philosophjy for Academic / Professional Purposes Curriculum 2 Personalise Theory Open ended Task: Explore the extent to which your curriculum philosophy matches the P4T curriculum hypothesis Click to return to p4t.org.uk 14. 1. How can you integrate the other practices of Pedagogical Development in P4T with your Curriculum philosophy i.e. Thinking, Imaginative Teaching and Positive Learning? 2. How could you teach better in line with your curriculum philosophy? 3. How could you explicitly share your curriculum philosophy with pupils/students/colleagues so as to be more open about the big picture, engage their interest and invite feedback? 4. What kind of curriculum philosophy do pupils/students themselves prefer and how could you use such preferences to teach better? Articulate Your Own Curriculum Philosophjy for Academic / Professional Purposes Curriculum 3 Develop Practice Open ended Task: How could you integrate your Curriculum Philosophy into Teaching practice? 15. 1. How do your Curriculum philosophy and the practices of Personal Development mutually enhance one another? Your Mindfulness. Personality. Spirituality. Way of Life? 2. How do your Curriculum philosophy and the practices of Professional Development mutually enhance one another? Your Teamworking. Professional Culture. Leadership Styles. Transformative School/University? 3. How do your Curriculum philosophy and the practices of Planetary development mutually enhance one another? Your Worldview. Peace work. Political engagement. Civilisational ideals? Articulate Your Own Curriculum Philosophjy for Academic / Professional Purposes Curriculum 4 Teach for a Better World Open ended Task: Explore how your curriculum philosophy connects with other dimensions of educational philosophy to create a better world in practicePlease include these references in any academic writing Saunders, T. (2020) Philosophy for Teachers: Curriculum Metapractice Test and Guide [Online]. Available at https://www.p4t.org.uk/metapractice/curriculum/ [Accessed …] Schiro, M.S. (2013) Curriculum Theory: Conflicting Visions and Enduring Concerns 2nd Edition. London: SAGE Publications References 16. Thank you for joining us in exploring your curriculum philosophy in these slides If you haven’t already visited the P4T (Philosophy for Teachers) website then please click the logo below where you will find further support @ p4t.org.uk in your quest to know yourself, personalise theory, develop practice and teach for a better world! P4T Site

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