Details for Curriculum Development in Christian Schools


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: EDU503
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Stephen Codrington

Prerequisites

The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Curriculum Development in Christian Schools

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Outcomes

  1. Critically appraise the approaches taken by curriculum developers and the role of teachers in creating, planning, reviewing and adapting units of curriculum in Christian schools for use with their classes
  2. Critique various theories and practices associated with curriculum design and development, assessing their alignment with a Biblical worldview perspective
  3. Describe and discuss the advantages and challenges of collegial curriculum development practice with reference to an action research investigation;
  4. Recommend processes and strategies for ongoing collaborative development of curriculum, which reflects a school’s student characteristics, faith commitments, and vision in a dynamically structured and Biblically informed approach

Subject Content

  1. Understanding the nature of curriculum: Overview of definitions and development of curriculum as a concept
  2. Deciding what will be taught, and how: The place of curricula in the Christian teacher’s classroom practice
  3. Evaluating curriculum: A biblical basis for understanding criteria for evaluating and reviewing curricula
  4. Curriculum models and frameworks: An overview of curriculum theory, models and frameworks
  5. Outcomes, objectives, and learning intentions: Approaches to purposeful curriculum design
  6. School-based curriculum development: Planning and preparing a school’s curricula using original or context-specific curricula and commercial curricula
  7. Collaborative practices in curriculum development: Approaches to collaborative teamwork by teachers for curriculum development
  8. Christian teachers as curriculum developers: Summary, and significance of curriculum development to the classroom practice of Christian teachers

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face-to-Face
  • Distance/ Global Online
  • Intensive (5 days of classes/7 hours per day followed by 85 hours reading, writing and assignments)
  • Extensive (5 days spread over the semester)

Check timetables for subject availability and mode of delivery

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Forum Posts (10%)
  • Review and Revision of a Curriculum Document (40%)
  • Classroom Action Research Report (50%)

Prescribed Text

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