Curriculum Design & Social Studies by m85LI6


									Curriculum Design
& Social Studies
ECE 460 Fall ‘04
Curriculum Planning

    Select a topic
    Select objectives
    Select and organize content
    Choose appropriate learning experiences
    Determine a sequence
    Determine how to assess both growth
     and program. Both summative and
Integrated Curriculum

  In-depth exploration of a topic with more than
   superficial coverage.
  More choices and more motivation to learn
  More active learning
  An opportunity for the teacher to learn along
   with the children
  A more effective use of time for teacher and
Selecting a topic

  The topic must be worthy of study. It
   should take several weeks to complete.
  The theme should be one that relates to
   the TEKS.
  The topic should be of interest and
   relevant to the learners
  There should be an application of skills
  Must be adequate resources

 Can be done poorly
   No real content
   No previous knowledge of children
   Every child required to complete the same activity
 No cute themes
   Apples is cute but not relevant
 Themes for your class must meet your
  children’s needs.

  Objectives help achieve the purpose of
   the specific study.
  Should not be broad or too vague
  Should not be too narrow.
Selecting activities

  Deciding sequence of activities that will
   be most beneficial to the chidlren
      Field trip- first hand experience
      Models-second hand
      Pictures-second hand
      Books-second hand
Implementing a theme

  Brainstorming
  Emerging curriculum
    Following the child’s lead
    Reggio Emilia
    Child-centered curriculum
Social Studies

  Look at the TEKS for the grade level you
    What big ideas are you seeing?
    What aspects of those ideas can be
     embedded into other content areas?
  Use your planning web to think about
   how the theme could evolve
    Is it relevant? Is it interesting? How can you
     make it flow?
Social Studies

    Integration into daily lives
       Children do not need a content area
       Settle disputes, work out turn taking, establish
        systems to live and work together, social studies
        is taking place
    Content area
    Combination of the two views
Organization of Social
Studies Curriculum
  Expanding curriculum
     Individual, individual in a group, community, state, nation and world
  10 important themes
       Culture
       Time, continuity and change
       People, places and environments
       Individual development and identity
       Individuals, groups, and institutions
       Power, authority and governance
       Production, consumption and distribution
       Science, technology, and society
       Global connections
       Civic ideals and practices
Constructivist views

    Concept understanding
    Why concepts are important?
    Why depth is better than amount?
    How depth helps with amount?
    Developmental Stages!
Social Development

  Helping children participate appropriately
   in discussion
  Helping children learn to negotiate and
  Helping children learn to assert their own
   preferences more gracefully
    Conflict management and conflict resolution
  Talk about some holidays instead of
   celebrating each one.
  Fit celebrations into regular routines
  Avoid themes on holidays
  Avoid materials and activities that scare
  Offer activities that calm children and focus on
  Offer activities that are holiday related as well
   as not being holiday related
Multicultural Curriculum
  Teaching respect for all cultures
  Learning about one’s own culture and other
    Goals
       Children will develop strong identity of themselves, as
        members of a group
       Children will develop a sense of solidarity
       Chidlren will become critical thinkers
       Children will be confident and persistent problem solvers
       Children will gain the academic skills that will give them
        access to the knowledge of our society and power to make
        a difference

  Choose a concept in social studies and
   plan a developmentally appropriate
   experience for each age group.
  3-4
  5-6
  7-8
  Activities must engage the learner

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