Unit 14:Psychology and the Curriculum

Welcome to Unit 14

This is a very short and very simple unit. It is designed only to make you think a little wider about the curriculum in your education system and if any changes should be considered overall, or even just in your own school! We are NOT suggesting what should/should not be in a curriculum at a detailed level, but we ARE showing that a curriculum must be related to the development of the whole child.

Activity (Part 1)

Take a look at the Quality Education framework we developed in Nepal which is repeated again below. Can you see any specific items or areas that should be included in a curriculum and that contribute to quality as we perceive it?

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Activity (Part 2)

Now write a list, as long and detailed as possible, of every item or topic that you believe SHOULD be included in a quality curriculum.


There are clues all over the Framework to guide you including in the Inputs column and the Outcomes column. On our courses we do this as an exercise in groups and eventually arrive at a list organised into 3 columns for a curriculum with Cognitive bits, Social bits, and Moral bits!
Our typical organised list looks like this:

Curriculum


This is quite a “tidy” list, on courses ours usually looks quite messy with 15-20 people contributing, but the message is the same.
THERE IS MORE TO A QUALITY CURRICULUM THAN JUST NUMERACY, LITERACY ETC WHICH ARE PART OF THE COGNITIVE ASPECTS OF THE CURRICULUM!


Reading

To widen your understanding of this you should now go to The Big Book (Educational Psychology) you downloaded earlier, and read the chapter beginning on page 40, Student Development. Here is the link again: Educational Psychology


Thinking!

  1. Is this just theoretical, is just something that would be “nice to have” in a quality curriculum?
  2. How does it relate to the development of the whole child as shown back in Unit 1 from the Child Centred Development article from the UN?
  3. How can the Social and Moral aspects shown be part of the everyday learning environment in a school, or do we have to have a lesson on Respect, a lesson on Self Esteem etc?

You have now completed this unit and can move on to Unit 15 Psychology and the Teaching Focus

 

 

 

 

 

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