I encourage everyone to read as much as they can about the conceptions of curriculum laid out by Eisner and Vallance (1974) and especially Ornstein’s (1990/1991) explanation of how the teaching philosophy of educators and advocates (both traditional and progressive) interact with the implementation of different curricular approaches. Finally, I’ve linked a video below that you’ve probably seen already: Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk about his views on students and education (TED, 2013). A perfect description of a student-centred approach that influenced my class greatly:
A question to end on:
What do you think the ideal approach is? Does your practice have elements of any or all of the conceptions of curriculum?
- Conceptions of Curriculum
- Learner-centred approach
- Subject-centred approach
- Society/problem-centred approach
- Final Thoughts