Curriculum GUIDELINES - Tenth Guideline
PROVIDE APPROPRIATE STAFF DEVELOPMENT TRAINING FOR TEACHERS TO HELP THEM IMPLEMENT THE STUDENT-CENTRED CURRICULUM.
Teachers are much more than mere presenters and testers of the contents of curricula developed by other people. They can add value to the quality of a student-centred curriculum, and many of them would happily do so, given the right encouragement and support from their institutions. The role of the teachers has to be re-examined in the light of the student-centred approach. Teachers should be trained for the task to set up and implement a student-centred curriculum and should be supported by their institutions according to their role as the main agents of curriculum development.
In a student-centred curriculum, the teacher is the main agent of curriculum development. Teachers carry out the individual needs analysis, set the goals, choose the activities and evaluate the learning process. To help them, teachers need to be trained in the right skills and given the right instruments to make assessments. Last but not least, they also need strong institutional support for these tasks.
- To plan, implement and evaluate a student-centred curriculum teachers
- Be aware of the different backgrounds of their students;
- Know adequate tasks and activities;
- Have adequate teaching skills.
- There should be adequate feedback for teachers regarding their skills in developing a student-centred curriculum.
- Peer observation and dissemination of good practice examples among teachers should be encouraged to maximise the acquisition of appropriate teaching strategies.