Uganda: curriculum development course
As an institute for curriculum development, we aim at keeping our curriculum expertise up to date. We believe that curriculum development activities need to be solidly grounded in sound academic curriculum knowledge, and wish to share our knowledge with others. We do so by providing courses, lectures, presentations and workshops on curriculum development, but also by delivering training on demand.
oeganda1.jpgRecently, we developed a curriculum development course, in which all steps of the curriculum development cycle are incorporated. The course consists of 2-4 separate weeks, and renders a certificate if the delivered assignments meet the goals described for the course. The course comprises state of the art curriculum development knowledge, and allows for contextualization towards the local context. Academic literature is compared with the local situation and curricular expectations, but also with the current and perceived role of curriculum developers, ministry staff, inspection etc. During the four weeks, participants carry out assignments that help them not only to reflect on their curriculum knowledge, but also on their own tasks and how to adjust these towards improved curriculum thinking, development, implementation and evaluation. Naturally, the course can be tailored towards the local context, needs and wishes of the inviting organization.

The table below shows an overview of the content of each week, main sources to be used and competences assessed.

Week

1

2

3

4

Topic Analysis Design Implementation Evaluation
Different parts Context analysis

Problem analysis

Exploration of literature

Blueprint for new curriculum; development of prototype curriculum materials Start up of implementation trajectory; consideration of stakeholders, and their involvement.

Formative evaluation of prototype materials

Evaluation as input for improvement of prototype curriculum products and its implementation. First exploration of summative evaluation
Typical relevant questions for this phase Where do you get relevant information?

Which information is important?

What are important aspects to consider?

How to write a report about it?

How to incorporate the results in such a report in a plan of action? 
How to incorporate the results from the analysis in the design of new curriculum? 

How to enhance the quality of the various curriculum products?

Which aspects of the design phase are essential to achieve hi-quality products?

What are important aspects to consider in the implementation phase?

How to develop, execute and monitor a complete implementation trajectory?

How to evaluate a curriculum reform (process and products)?

Which instruments are relevant for evaluation?

How to collect relevant curricular data? 

How to analyse such data?

What to do with the results of the evaluation?

Connections to other activities in the reform process Involvement of participants in other reform activities Development teaching and learning materials Implementation of newly developed pre-primary curriculum Evaluation of pre-primary curriculum
Which quality criteria are applicable?  Relevance

Validity

Coherence

Validity

Practicality

Effectiveness

Practicality

Effectiveness

What kind of products will be developed by the participants of the programme Context analysis of the local educational context Justification of choices made in the local curriculum based on the new curriculum frame work, learning strands; teaching and learning materials, as well as on current international on curriculum development Outline of Implementation trajectory for the new curriculum Evaluation plan for pre-primary curriculum

 

Critical reflection of the selected approach for the development of teaching and learning materials Evaluation of process of development of teaching and learning activities

The course can be modified to fit local needs and wishes. For more information on the curriculum course, or possibilities for lectures, presentations and workshops, contact SLO international.

Until now, the course has been delivered in Suriname and Uganda. In Suriname, the course consisted of four weeks in a six-month period, with work-related assignments in between the course weeks. In Uganda, the course was a two-week block course. Participants who attended the course were rendered a certificate.