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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

international curriculum at the primary level

Dear All,
Sorry for late entry!!!!........I have been doing some research in the interest of making my essay meaty and fact-based!! are some resources the people working on this topic can look into.Firstly, the library have proven to be a rich claudron of information .Several books on international curriculum floating around( currently two good books are with me!!!).Secondly our very own Hema Mandana's essays on international curriculum have been a saving grace.Fourtly , the other articles given to us , can also add a lot of value to our essay. I found the Howard Gardner's article "Cultures Educate" very useful .Last but not the least ,the net has proven to be pretty helpful this time around, especially with case studies!!
After skimming through the Kevin Bartlet article I got the idea of developing a questionnaire which (hopefully)seeks to answer the question : Is Developing an international curriculum at the primary level a possibility ?.

I would appreciate it if people would kindly revert back with their suggessions and comments on the same.



  • great going, anu. now that's real research.

    By Blogger a.v.koshy, at 9:36 PM  

  • Thanks for the encouragement!!...But i'm not so sure about the 'real research' part!!!!........Will have to wait and see if my article receives brickbats or bouquets!!!!!

    By Blogger anu, at 10:24 PM  

  • it will be bouquets bouquets all the way :)

    By Blogger a.v.koshy, at 5:14 AM  

  • Welcome, finally, Anu on the ppseblogs!
    While the research you are doing is interesting, remember the essay is aimed at connecting your practice with your reading, not to generalise about "could be" or "should be" in education. The purpose of the reading and the referencing is to see how the substance of your reading would reflect on you as a professional in your teaching.

    By Blogger Tara Kini, at 10:53 PM  

  • From Tara's comment i get a better perspective, but still find it difficult to connect in my context and not generalise about "could be" or :would be" in education. I have got a good sense of PYP but still feel I am not competent enough to comment on how good our own curriculum is.

    By Blogger ppsemohua, at 12:43 AM  

  • Anu & Mohua- Tara's comment (about the essay relating to your practice) is very valid - the assignment is very clearly worded as far as this is concerned.

    Mohua, may I suggest this - let your starting point for PYP be the reading, and think of it not as "PYP" but "an international curriculum" and analyse the rationale they have presented in the reading. Then relate some or all of the different aspects to the way you find things at Aditi. In addition, you may highlight points of departure or shortcomings in the curriculum at Aditi.

    Lastly, since you have mentioned some confusion about what curriculum we follow at Aditi - for the purposes of your analysis, just think of *what* is taught (content) and *how* it is taught, without trying to give it a 'name'. Hope that makes sense. Good Luck!

    (Will copy this as a response to your blog post as well.)

    By Blogger Shuchi Grover, at 10:07 PM  

  • My first draft was over on Nov 30th!!! I was happy!! Then I got a second opinion and see for myself-- that i havent done the cririque bit!! Taking a stance when I feel I am not competent enough to comment on our curriculum-- is difficult!!

    By Blogger ppsemohua, at 9:33 PM  

  • Dear all,
    I was sitting back feeling quite content about my essay...Now tara's and suchi's comments have opened a totally different platform!!!!....(i have been viewing my essay from another platform altogether)Now i'm afraid that I may not be able to competently comment on my practice as it is just few months old but I shall trymy level best in that concern.I hope i am not totally off the track!!!!!!

    By Blogger anu, at 9:23 PM  

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