Concept Driven Curriculum (IB)

Subject EDUC90261 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 18 hours
Total Time Commitment:

125 additional study hours

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Participants will explore how learners construct meaning including how understanding is acquired and what differentiates it from knowledge. Strategies for supporting the development of higher order thinking skills including the role of student directed concept-driven inquiry, the art of inquiring, and building communities of learners will be investigated. There will be a strong theoretical and practical emphasis on the development and implementation of a transdisciplinary curriculum that creates a balance between the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, and the search for meaning and understanding.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Explore and demonstrate an understanding of how knowledge and understanding are constructed and how they differ;
  • Critically examine concept driven curriculum and strategies for supporting higher order thinking skills including the art of questioning;
  • Articulate strategies for promoting student-directed inquiry and the development of higher order thinking sills;
  • Demonstrate the ability to design and critique curriculum that balances the acquisition of essential knowledge with the search for meaning and understanding.
  • 2500 word essay addressing: a record of an inquiry undertaken due mid-semester, 50%.
  • 2500 word essay reflection on the inquiry process at due end of semester, 50%.

There is one hurdle requirement:

  • Students are required to maintain a personal reflective journal that records their responses to the readings in this subject to demonstrate understanding of the theoretical perspectives of the IB PYP and the realities and constraints of implementing these aspects of the PYP in schools. A summative reflection should be provided as a conclusion. The Journal should demonstrate student’s ability to identify key theoretical understandings expressed in the literature and critically reflect on and analyse these in relation to the implementation of the IB PYP. To enable students to meet the requirements for a pass in this subject, the Reflective Journal must be brought to classes and handed in for non-graded assessment.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of essential knowledge and skills to perform competently as a specialist teacher;
  • Comprehend the intellectual, social and psychological aspects of their work with learners and synthesise theory and practice;
  • Articulate key concepts of a concept driven transdisciplinary curriculum;
  • Design and implement curriculum that creates a balance between the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, and the search for meaning and understanding
  • Evaluate and use constructive criticism of their own work and of the institutions in which
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Related Course(s): Master of Education (International Baccalaureate)
Master of Education (International Baccalaureate)
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International Baccalaureate)

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