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Curriculum delivery as a human activity system


When applied to a particular curriculum framework, this systems model allowus to see what is actually being proposed and the implications. For example, most allegedly 'outcomes based' approaches are really task based approaches focussing on the tasks carried out by the teacher rather than  on achieving outcomes for the learner. And so on...

 

And without such a model it is easy to

  • confuse outputs with outcomes
  • ignore outputs from other sources
  • ignore processes
  • require processes (specify teacher tasks) that are inappropriate
  • require tasks to achieve outputs that already exist  
  • credit processes with outcomes erroneously, and thus,  
  • recognise and reward inappropriately
  • focus on tasks for teachers and ignore the learner 's tasks
  • blame the learner for lack of outcomes even when not appropriate 

 

Education is situational

Need, like quality, is situational.  It will take a systems approach to enable an education system to move from universal policies to genuine situational provision , what is really needed .  At the moment there is no  situational framework for accountability, which is politically & professionally important. Feuerstein is the leading advocate of situational educational provision for individual students.  Deming provides a basis for the required systemic equivalent. 

 

Curriculum to Programs

In  order to 'manage delivery of the curriculum' it is often helpful to organise parts of the curriculum into 'programs'. This organization can occur at any and all levels: system, school, class, group, individual

 

Types of Programs
General or Main, eg, learning areas (Mathematics,...)
Core: thinking, learning, doing, relating
Supporting: specific knowledge & skills, eg, IT, Library
Targeted: according to student needs

Clinical: provided by other professionals, psychologists, socia workers...
        All programs contain these same elements!!

 


 

 

The focus and balance depends on the hopes and needs of the parties involved.