ECS 210

Curriculum and the Critical Pedagogy of Place

The article by Restoule, Gruner, and Metatawabin titled “Learning from Place: A Return to Traditional Mushkegowuk Ways of Knowing” is a prime example of the importance of place as a thing of meaning rather than a designated space. The authors claim that reinhabitation and decolonization are the key aims to what they call “critical pedagogy… Continue reading Curriculum and the Critical Pedagogy of Place

ECS 210

Curriculum as Literacy

Curriculum can be viewed through many different lenses, several of which we have discussed in class: curriculum orientation, teaching perspective, literacy, etc. As Street (2006) identifies in his article, New Literacies Studies: Next Stages, two potential lenses for viewing curriculum, in regards to literacy, include the autonomous model and the ideological model. Taking the English… Continue reading Curriculum as Literacy

ECS 210

Citizenship Education as a Curricular Concern

Citizenship education is viewed as a major aspect in regards to the purposes of education. However, the question posed is how is citizenship education a curricular problem? Citizenship can be viewed in three ways: personally responsible, participatory, and justice-oriented. Often within our schools, we get stuck on teaching students how to be personally responsible citizens.… Continue reading Citizenship Education as a Curricular Concern

ECS 210

Quality vs. Quantity: A Differing View on Education

What matters today…is not how much our students know, but what they can do with what they know. – Tony Wagner             There is a general misconception about education, from the outside looking in, that the main goal is to provide students with the most information possible in order to prepare them for what is… Continue reading Quality vs. Quantity: A Differing View on Education

ECS 210

Curriculum Theory & Practice: The Tyler Rationale

The theory set out by Ralph Tyler pertaining to curriculum theory and practice is one that many members of the education community are far too familiar with. Following along the lines of the input-output methods of education, Tyler’s theory poses a seemingly “foolproof” approach to education where there are simply the primary goals of education,… Continue reading Curriculum Theory & Practice: The Tyler Rationale