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					Introduction to SLO
(Netherlands Expertise Center for
Curriculum Development)


Harma Evers
Loes Stadhouders

Presentation for EdReNe, Ljubljana, 4-5 March, 2008
SLO from 1975 till now

•   Founded by the government in 1975:
     – to co-ordinate fragmented curriculum work by many different
       committees and institutes
     – to stimulate overall quality and coherence of curriculum development
     – for primary, secondary, special and vocational education
     – for all subjects

•   Current status:
     – profile as expertise center
     – increasing emphasis on evidence-based improvements
     – increasing international orientation
     – network organisation
     – core staff of about 150 curriculum experts
     – not part of Ministry, but close working relation (and major funding)

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Central tasks of SLO
•   Designing and validating national curriculum frameworks via examination
    programs, core objectives/standards
•   Designing and evaluating examples of elaborations, at the levels of
    school, subjects, lessons
•   Promoting (horizontal and longitudinal) coherence of curricula
•   Co-ordination of developments
•   Interaction between CD and:
     –   teacher and school development
     –   test and examination development
     –   inspectorate
     –   development of textbooks and other learning resources
•   Expertise development on CD
•   International orientation


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Levels of Curriculum (Development)
    SUPRA    international, comparative



    MACRO    national (system) frameworks



    MESO     school, programme



    MICRO    classroom, group, teacher



    NANO     learner, individual


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Curricular spider web      (Van den Akker, 2003)




               Rationale




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 SLO Organization
                             Seven Departments

                                Primary Education
                                Special Education
                                Lower Secondary Education
                                Upper Secondary Education
                                Vocational Education
                                Research & Consultancy
                                Learning Resources


Five Subject Divisions                       Five Knowledge Groups

 Languages                                   How to determine the core of the content?
 Mathematics, Science & Technology           How to address differences between pupils?
  Education                                   Curricular challenges of new learning sources and
 Social Studies                               environments
 Physical Education & Art Education          School-based curriculum development
 Vocational Subjects                         Teachers and curriculum development




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Learning Resources
•   Target: supporting the process of choosing new learning resources and
    keeping track of the latest developments

•   Learning resources: teaching packages, textbooks, thematic materials,
    educational software and other learning materials

•   Data on the internet: www.leermiddelenplein.nl
     ~ overview
     ~ basic information
     ~ extensive information
     ~ comparitive information
     not yet a repository!

•   Edurep > national tool for finding learning objects on the internet

•   SLO uses national and international standards for metadata
    (OAI PMH, IEEE LOM, SRU-SRW)




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Edurep
                             Users

          Portal    Portal    Portal     Portal   Portal




         Database      Database        Database     Database
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Towards an Expertise Center for
Learning Resources
•   2012
•   Research and collaborate
•   Rebuilding and extending our website: www.leermiddelenplein.nl
     ~ offering social metadata
     ~ offering ‘tools for schools’
     ~ showing latest developments
     ~ uploads of learning materials
        > building a repository?

•   New kid on the block: how to deal with rights?




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