ESE 544: Curriculum Design


73795 (for web registration)




James Karlan






Spring 2011

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 1/20 - 5/5 (1:00PM-3:59PM)


Competency Areas Spring 2010 and earlier: Cert – Required; EE – Required Methods Alternate; CB, EAO, IND & RMC – Elective
Competency Areas Fall 2010; Cert – Required; ASJS, CB, EE, SDS, SDCC – Methods or elective Restricted to ES Science Teacher Certification students from December 7 – 14; open to all ES students on December 15.

Designing curriculum is an extremely creative process, filled with dilemmas, excitement, and anxiety. Crafting what people do for an extended period of time, deciding what they need to learn, how, and when is a political, philosophical, and theoretical experience. It?s demanding, time-consuming, and rewarding.
You will have opportunities to craft an original 1-month curriculum for the context in which you plan to teach and to help each other enhance the development of each other?s curriculum under development. In particular, we will experience first-hand and theoretically ideas like constructivism, democratic classrooms, coherent curriculum, authentic learning, problem solving and inquiry-based curriculum.
I think of curriculum designers as jazz composers. We create frameworks and directions in which our students are invited to follow and are encouraged to improvise to meet our learning goals. If we’re good composers, we will know how to greet our fellow musicians in order to enrich our music in unanticipated ways. I look forward to creating for you and with you opportunities to think critically and creatively about how to design powerful science curriculum.