Essay about Curriculum Design Discussion : Curriculum

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Curriculum Design Discussion
In researching the “Thematic Curriculum Model” from outside of our textbook, I have found that essentially all Career and Technical Education programs follow this model in one form or another. Thematic instruction is the organization of a curriculum around macro "themes." Thematic instruction integrates basic disciplines like reading, math, and science with the exploration of a broad subject, such as communities, rain forests, river basins, the use of energy, and so on." ("Thematic Instruction CTE," 2011, para. 1) In modern times since the model was written, it appears that many hybrids of the “Thematic Curriculum Model”, have come to be. Clusters and majors constitute another context for the thematic curriculum. A number of schools have organized their curricula around clusters and majors that focus on related occupations, interdisciplinary themes, a particular industry or field, or around careers requiring postsecondary education. In Oregon, for example, a certificate of advanced mastery learning, organized around six broad clusters or focus areas that include arts and communication, business and management, health services, human resources, industrial and engineering systems, and natural resource systems, is being advocated for schools (Oregon State Board of Education, 1992). Thematic instruction is based on the idea that people acquire knowledge best when learning in the context of a coherent “whole,” and when they can connect what…

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