Curriculum Theory
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Curriculum Theory
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lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
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lecturer of 2020/2021  Spring semester
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Course aims
The objective of the course is to deepen the understanding of the intellectual framework and the practical issues of curriculum as the centrepiece of formal education and of curriculum theory with a modern interdisciplinary approach to education research. Curriculum theory serves to broaden the understanding of the historical, political and social context of educational reforms and movements.
Brief description of the course
The course is an introduction to the field of curriculum studies which deals with questions such as what is curriculum, which knowledge is of most worth, is curriculum a product or a process? While exploring the philosophical and culturally diverse intellectual traditions of schooling such as the Anglo-American curriculum and German/continental Didaktik, it is seeking to interpret and understand current educational issues such as education in the age of globalization and curriculum change. The course also introduces some critical approaches to curriculum research, notably ideology and discourse critique as well as social class, gender and racial issues.
Independent work
Readings for each class, individual and small group research on curriculum problems and writing an essay.
Learning outcomes in the course
Doctoral students will be able to participate in the intellectual conversations regarding curriculum policy and curriculum theory along with current curriculum issues. They will engage in critical curriculum studies and will be qualified to create new knowledge in the field. They will also be able to interpret their own educational experiences and observations based on their knowledge of curriculum theory.
Assessment methods
1) Active participation in the discussion of required reading for each class;
2) Individual oral presentation of a curriculum artefact (textbook, curriculum text, video, photograph, manipulative etc.) which is placed in the context of curriculum theory;
3) Small group presentations of case studies regarding curriculum reforms in a particular country;
4) An individual essay on a curriculum problem identified during the course (may use individual or group presentation or a different topic) including at least 8 references.
Maria Erss
Replacement literature
Kohustuslik kirjandus jätkub:

7. R. Tyler (2013) Basic Principles of Curriculum and Instruction. In Flinders & Thornton (Eds).The Curriculum Studies Reader.
8. Horlacher, R. (2004). Bildung ‒ a construction of a history of philosophy of education.
Studies in Philosophy and Education, 23(5–6), 409–426. doi: 10.1007/s11217-004-4452-1
9. Hargreaves & Shirley (2009) The fourth way. Corwin.
10. Erss, M. & Kalmus, V. (2018). Discourses of teacher autonomy and the role of teachers in Estonian, Finnish and Bavarian teacher s’ newspapers in 1991-2010. Teaching and Teacher Education, 76, 95-105.