EDU 5013 Curriculum Foundations, Theory & Practice

  THE ROAD AHEAD
 

            Welcome to my curriculum road. As I am beginning my career as a teacher, there is still a long journey  for me to continue.  I have been keep asking myself what actually mean by curriculum. I started to think of the curriculum in terms of a road, because learning is a journey, not a destination. Besides, the term curriculum was derived from a Latin word ‘Currere’ which literally means a ‘race course’ or a runway on which one runs to reach a goal. In my opinion, a productive curriculum should be emphasize in both knowledge and life-long skills and effective in promoting learning. A student needs to learn how to learn, how to think and how to apply the skill in solving problems. These are the ultimate goal of a curriculum.

            In addition, education is constantly changing and new ideas are being formed to meet the needs of our current society. The knowledge or skills that worked in the past are not necessary works in the present or future, because yesterday’s education is no longer effective for tomorrow's students. Many of our roads (curriculum) were built for yesterday, but now need to suit the traffic of today. Sometimes, we have to forget an old road altogether, because it's no longer fit for purpose, or it goes somewhere that no one want to go anymore.Therefore, as an educator, the curriculum must be flexible to change and adapt with times. What is the purpose of educating students with the knowledge that has no meaning in their daily life and doesn’t contribute the future success?

"If we teach today's students as we taught yesterdays, we rob them of tomorrow", John Dewey 

"When the students of tomorrow sit in the classrooms of yesterday, it is our teachers who are failing" , Bill Ferriter

            Overall, I found this course a little challenging. Nevertheless, I learned a great deal from attending this course and completing the case study and this e-portfolio. It helped me to understand that curriculum is not only about what is taught, it's about how and why it is taught, methods used to deliver knowledge, and eventually fulfilling the goal by producing a multi-skilled person with a broad spectrum of knowledge.

            As a lecturer, I’m interested with the process of creating the learning process. Science teaching has remained largely restricted to giving information (facts) rather than encouraging critical  thinking and personal construction of knowledge. We need to inspire students to ask themselves, “Why I need to learn this knowledge?”  In Sir Ken Robinson’s talk about “Collaboration in the 21st Century”, he believes that we must make innovation a habit and always encourage the creative process.  In addition, we as a teacher must always share and model our creative processes with students. 

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        I am teaching general chemistry in American Degree Program (ADP) in Taylor University. I highly enjoy teaching in ADP Taylor University where it challenges me in a way that I can fully explore my knowledge and skills. The healthy working environment also provides opportunity for learning and growth and enables me to improve areas that I am less strong at. Since  I am new in the teaching line, I enrolled in the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (PGCHeTL) course, which I hope, after completion,  will significantly improve my teaching and learning skills.