Presentations and Webinars
Curriculum Design for Deep learning
In this presentation Dr Graham McPhail discusses some recent research in the area of curriculum design using a model developed at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand The model aims to enable deep learning by placing concepts at the center of the design process. Concepts act as the cohering mechanism as knowledge-that (propositional or conceptual knowledge) and know-how-to (procedural knowledge) are brought together, linked to content, and then assessed. The international focus on generic outcomes or know-how-to that is part of the 21st C narrative gives few indications of the knowledge-that required to build conceptual understanding. The Curriculum Design Coherence Model (CDC) makes visible what is required for deep learning, that is, learning that is not bound to one context but empowers students to be able to think beyond the present and particular.
Presentation to the British Educational Research Association (BERA)
In this presentation, Elizabeth Rata introduces the Curriculum Design Coherence Model (CDC Model) which is being trialled in the Knowledge-Rich School Project in New Zealand and England. She describes the CDC Model and explains why it is an effective design tool to achieve conceptual coherence and progression.
The presentation provides a synopsis of the Knowledge-Rich School Project which is trialling the Curriculum Design Coherence Model. This is a professional development tool that makes explicit the interdependent relationship between two knowledge forms, ‘knowledge-that’ (subject concepts and content) and ‘know-how-to’ (subject competencies, techniques, skills). By using the CDC Model to design single topics, year-long courses, and across the years programmes, teachers gain expertise in connecting curriculum (the ‘what’) and pedagogy (the ‘how’) in coherent ways.
Presentation at the Cancelled Conference Conversation Series
Professor Elizabeth Rata ‘Curriculum Design Coherence Model’ presented to the Cancelled Conference Conversation Series, 12 May 2020.
The presentation introduces the Curriculum Design Coherence Model (CDC Model) being trialled in the Knowledge-Rich School Project in New Zealand and England. Professor Rata describes the CDC Model and explains why it is an effective design tool to achieve conceptual coherence and progression. The presentation describes how the Model works with each of its four elements explained using a chemistry example. The description draws on theoretical ideas about what curriculum knowledge is.
Professor Rata also discusses how the CDC Model is being trialled in the Knowledge-Rich School Project and mentions some initial findings. These include the main finding that the CDC Model is an effective design tool. Not only does it create concept-cohering curriculum but it avoids the curriculum becoming a list of contents.