Designing science curriculum for implementation at scale: Considerations for diverse and resource-limited settings

Debra Bernstein, Brian Drayton, Susan McKenney, Christian Schunn

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Abstract

Designers of science curricula intended for broad use must take into consideration the diversity of students, teachers, and material resources available across various settings. While curriculum design literature gives some guidance for designers, most work in this area focuses on design by small design teams working on materials for relatively narrow contexts. To further inform the work of science curriculum designers, we conducted two retrospective case studies of curricula designed for large-scale use. Qualitative data were collected through document analysis and interviews with key design team members. Data were analyzed d eductively and inductively. Here we focus on findi ngs about the influence of policy and cultural context, and the ways in which the needs of target student and teacher populations are considered during curriculum development. The findings are useful to other designers concerned with bringing science content and practices to broad audiences of diverse learners
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming Learning, Empowering Learners: Conference Proceedings
EditorsChee-Kit Looi, Joseph Polman, Ulrike Cress, Peter Reimann
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences
Pages886-889
Volume2
ISBN (Print)978-099035509-0, 978-099035508-3
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2016
Event12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 20 Jun 201624 Jun 2016
Conference number: 12

Conference

Conference12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016
Abbreviated titleICLS
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period20/06/1624/06/16

Keywords

  • Science
  • Curriculum
  • Scale
  • Design

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    Bernstein, D., Drayton, B., McKenney, S., & Schunn, C. (2016). Designing science curriculum for implementation at scale: Considerations for diverse and resource-limited settings. In C-K. Looi, J. Polman, U. Cress, & P. Reimann (Eds.), 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners: Conference Proceedings (Vol. 2, pp. 886-889). Singapore: International Society of the Learning Sciences.