Books | The Future of the Curriculum; The MIT Press
There’s a lot going on in the world of curriculum design. The most common activity that we see, at least in India, is the inclusion of technology in curriculum design. Some of the initiatives are self-styled game-changers while some are incremental changes, which hardly affect the curriculum in a meaningful manner that would address the needs of the generation.
Along the way, we stumbled upon this book, which looks at the future of the curriculum while examining a few curricular innovations around the world, to understand if and how they inform us of the future that we are approaching.
“Although ideas about digital media and learning have become an important area for educational research, little attention has been given to the practical and conceptual implications for the school curriculum. In this book, Ben Williamson examines a series of contemporary curriculum innovations in the United States, Great Britain, and Australia that reflect the social and technological changes of the digital age. Arguing that the curriculum is always both forward- and rearward-looking, Williamson considers how each of these innovations represents a certain way of understanding the past while also promoting a particular vision of the future.” : The Future of the Curriculum | The MIT Press:
The book is available as a free PDF download.
Early in the book, in the context of the role of teachers in matters of curriculum, we read:
“… it positions teachers as creative curriculum actors rather than merely its relays.”
Undoubtedly, this caught our attention.
What is the role of a teacher in framing or developing the curriculum? Is there a role to begin with? Are teachers mere relays as the comment above suggests? Is there a larger and a more constructive role for teachers in the area of curriculum design and development? At what levels, is a teacher’s participation important, urgent, and valuable.
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