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Transcript of Exploratory Curriculum
Last Best Chance
"...the aspect of a successful middle school's curriculum that most directly and fully reflects the nature and needs of young adolescents... Explorations is an attitude and approach, not a classification of content."
"...curriculum is more than the content and skills covered in core academic courses. Rather, it is the sum of all parts of a school's total educational program."
"For many students, middle school may be the last opportunity to explore new subjects and interests, the last time to learn to play the flute, learn to speak Spanish, or learn to cook a new dish."
new ways of thinking
wide-ranging opportunities and experiences
social learning vs. academic
"Discovering oneself as a distinct individual"
Teachers are required to listen to their students in exploratory curriculum. In turn, it becomes the teacher's number one goal to teach to his or her students' interests.
meet students' needs in exploration
fill the "gaps" in regular curriculum
help students make future course decisions now
stimulate and broaden students' educational options before it becomes a forced choice to choose
give students opportunities to take risks while they have the time
no student choice
not enough time in each class
no clear articulation of the classes
lack of money could correlate to lack of proper implementation
Cheven Davidek & Savannah Strutz
"specialized interests, aptitudes, and abilities as a basis for decisions regarding educational opportunities"
"ensures hands-on, participatory, meaningful, and engaging experiences"
covering content ≠ learning content
Association For Middle Level Education. (2010). This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents. Westerville, OH: Association for MIddle Level Education.
Brazee, E. (2000). Exploratory curriculum in the middle school. Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, doi: EDO-PS-00-16
Brown, D., & Knowles, T. (2007). What every middle school teacher should know. (2nd ed.). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Doda , N., & George, P. (1999). Building whole middle school communities: Closing the gap between exploratory and core. Middle School Journal, 30(5), 32-39.
Dowden, T. (2007). Relevant, Challenging, Integrative, and Exploratory Curriculum Design: Perspectives From Theory and Practice for Middle Level Schooling in Australia. The Australian Educational Researcher, 51-71.
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