SLO-introduction by liwenting


									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)

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

Levels of Curriculum (Development)
    SUPRA    international, comparative

    MACRO    national (system) frameworks

    MESO     school, programme

    MICRO    classroom, group, teacher

    NANO     learner, individual

Curricular spider web      (Van den Akker, 2003)


 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

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:
     ~ 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


          Portal    Portal    Portal     Portal   Portal

         Database      Database        Database     Database
Towards an Expertise Center for
Learning Resources
•   2012
•   Research and collaborate
•   Rebuilding and extending our website:
     ~ 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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