Development of a competency-based curriculum for science education in Denmark

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This presentation unfolds the curricular development within science over a 15-20 period in Denmark in a transition towards a competency-based curriculum. The presentation is divided in to two parts. The first part describes how international trends at the turn of the millennium led to a national curriculum based on a two-dimensional framework to describe science goals in Denmark. The two-dimensional model is a way to describe subject content as a combination of competency goals and subject matter to make curriculum more operational for teachers while retaining emphasis on the purpose of the subject.
The second part describes some of the challenges of operationalising the two-dimensional framework from a teacher’s perspective. Teachers found that the two-dimensional framework of the intended curriculum was useful for qualifying their teaching. However, the analysis also showed that the goals described in the framework must strike a delicate balance between being feasible, meaningful and teachable to support teachers’ planning and teaching. The presentation proposes that these criteria can be used to describe the utility of a competency-based curriculum.
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StatusUdgivet - 2019
BegivenhedEuropean Science Education Research Association - Bologna, Italien
Varighed: 26 aug. 201930 aug. 2019


KonferenceEuropean Science Education Research Association

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