Today in our EDCI 532 course we spent some time in small groups comparing and contrasting K-12 curriculum and looking primarily through two lenses Рindigenization  and digitization of curriculum.

Here are the links to each of the Provinces and Territories curriculum:

British Columbia

Alberta

Saskatchewan

Manitoba

Quebec

Ontario

Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia

New Brunswick

Prince Edward Island

Yukon

Northwest Territories

Nunavut

Here are some of the overarching ideas that came out of the sharing and discussions today:

  • provinces/territories are at varying levels of including and integrating indigenous content and supports for technology to enhance education
  • BC is definitely ahead of the game with their ‘new’ curriculum document(s), digital literacy framework, and First Peoples Principles of Knowledge resource
  • they seem to all follow Tyler’s Model of Curriculum Development
    • Determine the objectives of the province (what content is important)
    • Developing learning experiences that help students achieve the objectives
    • Organize the experiences (modeling? writing? etc.)
    • Evaluation of the objectives (how do the students demonstrate their mastery/achieved the objective)

“Really” by Acinapurag is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

As came up in class conversation yesterday, this seems common knowledge to us. This is because we do not know any better and is ‘how it has always been done’ – at least in this part of the world. Some¬† wonderings that continue to circle around my head these days are:

  1. How is curriculum developed in the third world?
  2. How are teachings determined/shared/assessed in different cultures?
  3. Is there much research into these things and integrating into how we do things in BC?

If you have any experiences or thoughts on any of these questions I would love to hear them and engage in conversation!