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I teach in Alberta, a province where there has been a massive push away from traditional educational philosophies such as Perennialism and Essentialism and towards the contemporary educational philosophies of Progressivism and Reconstructionism. With that push there has been a plethora of resources and strategies thrown at us that centre on conceptions of curriculum that vilify academic rationalism or cognitive process based conceptions and, instead, highlight the merits and benefits of conceptions of curriculum such as humanistic curriculum, self-actualization, and social reconstructionism.

Recently, I have acquired new knowledge, through my last M.Ed course, about the structure and elements of curriculum planning, instruction, and assessment; and, specifically, about how important it is to effective teaching and learning that those elements align in philosophy, conception, and design. After taking my latest course, I have realized that the movement occurring ...See More

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