Democratic education by design: putting Beane’s curriculum integration into practice in a New Zealand classroom

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Dowden, Tony and Brough, Chris. 2017. "Democratic education by design: putting Beane’s curriculum integration into practice in a New Zealand classroom." Re-imagining Education for Democracy Summit 2017. Springfield, Australia 13 - 15 Nov 2017
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Democratic education by design: putting Beane’s curriculum integration into practice in a New Zealand classroom

Presentation TypePresentation
AuthorsDowden, Tony (Author) and Brough, Chris (Author)
Year2017
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttps://www.ncsehe.edu.au/event/re-imagining-education-democracy-summit/
Conference/EventRe-imagining Education for Democracy Summit 2017
Event Details
Re-imagining Education for Democracy Summit 2017
Event Date
13 to end of 15 Nov 2017
Event Location
Springfield, Australia
Abstract

This presentation examines American educator James Beane’s (1997, 2005) model of student-centred curriculum integration (CI) which is designed to enhance students’ learning experiences by dissolving traditional subject boundaries to create authentic learning experiences and, in the process, meet diverse learning needs and foster democratic citizenship. In particular, this presentation discusses the design and implementation of Beane’s model through the professional narrative of a primary school teacher who instigated the model in her classroom on a number of different sites and occasions in Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ). The democratic design of Beane’s model allows issues of diversity, inclusion, social justice and multiculturalism to be explored and, typically, actively engages the interest of curriculum stakeholders from beyond the classroom walls such as parents, friends, media representatives and members of the wider community. The findings show that implementing student-centred CI in contexts that are meaningful and relevant to students has the capacity to significantly enhance the value and impact of students’ learning, even in the case of young children (Years 1 & 2).

KeywordsJames Beane; student-centred curriculum integration
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
University of Waikato, New Zealand
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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