Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 1-2, January-December

21st Century Skills and Science Education in K-12 Environment: Investigating a Symbiotic Relationship
INTRODUCTION The need to prepare students for 21st Century Skills (21CS) is widely accepted among educators, researchers, policymakers, and employers alike (Ananiadou & Claro, 2009; Dede, 2007; National Research Council [NRC], 2010). A nationwide...
Being There: The Ontological Measure of Teaching
Although both product and process factors are central to any effort to evaluate or understand quality the primacy of teaching, the modern day discourse on teaching has clearly elevated product factors. The result is that much of the commentary and...
Beyond Measurement: Context, Caution, and the Integrity of Teachers' Work
Any educator who has painstakingly planned a lesson, only to have it thrive one period but flop the next, will likely resonate with Peter Hlebowitsh's compelling essay. Policymakers and politicians who have not set foot in a classroom since their student...
Challenging Minds: Enhancing the Mathematical Learning of African American Students through Games
"I learned that math games can help you too. I learned the game "get to a 1,000" will help you count and add." "I love to play Mancala because it is really fun and because you can come with new strategies and it is really challenging." "I learned...
Chasing Curriculum through Image and Provocation
On a late Friday night in Denver, Colorado, David Flinders and I left the Doubletree Hotel, where the 2011 AATC conference was being held, to drive to my nearby home in Englewood. Among the many topics we discussed were Butch Cassidy and the Sundance...
Classroom Discourse: A Means to Positively Influence Mathematics Achievement for African American Students
Understanding and confronting differential mathematics achievement has been an important line of inquiry for many mathematics education researchers. Such research is complex, and is "situated within and framed by broader educational, social, and political...
Crossing Boundaries: A Commentary on Liston's "Reconsidering University-Based Teacher Education"
It is a pleasure, honor, and privilege to respond formally to Dan Liston's compelling reconsideration of university-based teacher education (UBTE). His essay offers both a cogent synthesis of recent forceful critiques of UBTE along with two interrelated...
Curriculum in Exile: Teaching Tiananmen at Harvard
Walking out of the library toward Harvard Yard, I was overwhelmed with a sense of sadness and failure. Earlier that afternoon I had taken my Tiananmen seminar students to the library to look at materials in the Tiananmen Archive. Facing boxes of evidence,...
Curriculum: The Inside Story
"Curriculum is a destination you must reach by passing all the right checkpoints. Each checkpoint is a standard or objective." --Jay Meadows, teacher candidate In our curriculum classes with our teacher candidates, we often find that curriculum...
Four Portraits of Belief and Unbelief: The Experiences of Teacher Candidates with Religious Diversity in a Teacher Education Program
"The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding." --Albert Camus INTRODUCTION AND RATIONALE The National Council for the Social Studies' (NCSS)...
Gaming as Curriculum
INTRODUCTION On September 18, 2011, the Journal of Nature Structural & Molecular Biology published an article titled "Crystal Structure of a Monomeric Retroviral Protease," a paper that outlines the latest breakthrough in AIDS research. According...
Hear Me out! the Use of Identity, Space, and Voice in an Online Classroom
INTRODUCTION AND RATIONALE The online learning classroom has gained popularity over the past several years. As of 2009, there were 5.6 million college students enrolled in online classrooms (Allen & Seaman, 2010). These numbers have continued...
Intentions and Beliefs: Why They Matter and a Conceptual Framework for Understanding Them in Culturally Responsive Teachers
INTRODUCTION Criticism of public schools and more specifically, the quality of its teachers is not a new phenomenon in the United States. Despite continual reform over the past 2 centuries, the perception that teachers and teacher education is ineffectual...
Judgment, Deliberation, Evaluation: Rediscovering Joseph Schwab's Practical Arts
INTRODUCTION A recent scrum over accountability initiatives undertaken in Tennessee, in particular, for whose rigor the state won its Race to the Top funding, highlights the extreme of the shortcomings of the debate itself more than it does any...
Knowing What Students Know: Negotiating Challenges of Distance, Desire, and Context in Constructivist Literacy Classrooms
INTRODUCTION As Deborah Loewenberg Ball (1997) asserts in "What Do Students Know? Facing Challenges of Distance, Context, and Desire in Trying to Hear Children," "No task is more fundamental to teaching than figuring out what students are learning....
Learning to Act
For this volume of CTD, my coeditor Bruce Uhrmacher has introduced the theme of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I suspect he did so in order to stump me in trying to make logical connections between old-west bank robbers and educational research....
Peace Education: How We Come to Love and Hate War
PEACE EDUCATION: HOW WE COME TO LOVE AND HATE WAR N. Noddings Cambridge University Press, 2012 Unlike hundreds of books giving considerable space to the meaning of peace and what it means to live in peace, Noddings' newest book explores the...
Problem-Based Learning: Teachers Who Flourish and Flounder
INTRODUCTION: TWO CONTRASTING TEACHING EXPERIENCES "Good afternoon students," said Dana as she greeted her biology students at the door. Students energetically entered science class to start a new problem-based learning (PBL) unit on classification...
Reconsidering University-Based Teacher Education
INTRODUCTION Thirty-three years ago, I visited Professor Harold Dunkel (1965) at the University of Chicago. I was exploring graduate school options and had made an appointment with Dunkel to talk about curriculum studies. He told me to find another...
Teacher Accountability and Student Responsibility: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of American and Ghanaian Schooling Practices, Policies and a Reflection on NCLB
In the age of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in American schooling, we wonder about the effects of the accountability narrative on school children. With such an emphasis on teacher accountability, might we be deemphasizing student responsibility? This...
Teaching Democracy: Is It More Complicated Than We Think? an Ethnographic Case Study in St. Petersburg, Russia
In 2006, The New York Times headlines announced an immediate Russian crackdown on foreign influence, centering upon nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) operating within the boundaries of Russia: MOSCOW, Oct. 19--Scores of foreign private organizations...
The Search for Content in Curriculum Making
Where is the content in curriculum making? That's a question that I have been pursuing for almost 20 years. I enrolled in my first curriculum course during the summer of 1995. My professor was Dr. Alan Garrett, a former president of AATC and someone...
Whose Curriculum and for What Purpose?
"They do not teach us to learn what we live and live what we learn." --J. Abner Pediwell, The, Sabertooth Curriculum Two of my favorite pastimes are listening to jazz and reading about the history of jazz. The melodic and interconnected harmonies...
Why Take Time to Teach School Culture?
TEACHING SCHOOL CULTURE If you are an experienced air traveler, you probably know the unwritten rules of the game. You know how and when to check in and you know how to board. In Piagetian terms, you could say you have a scheme for flying and are...
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