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Curriculum mapping for pedagogical change? Case studies from Asia

0034 ALTC 2009 Phillip A. Towndrow and Michael Vallance

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24 August 2009

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Phillip Towndrow, Michael Vallance


  • Japanese universities being semi-privatised, undergoign reformation
  • Lots of universities making laptops compulsory for students
  • Curriculum mapping: collecting and analysing data about everything
  • Especially interested in interdisciplinary work
  • Still at early stages, things move slowly
  • Using backcasting - where do they want to be in 2020, what do they need to do to get there?
  • Main barrier supporting people with transformation


  • Research project where all school students have laptops
  • Singapore system has strong centralised curriculum and tradition of lectures, reproduction and high-stakes tests
  • Further down curriculum mapping process than in Japan, diagram of stakeholders and relationships/tensions between them

Questions for discussion

  • Can curriculum mapping help foster sense of joint enterprise that is scalable and sustainable?
  • How can members share stories to allow them to negotiate meanings, set curriculua?
  • Are new media and digital tools sufficiently compelling to drive curriculum design?


Juliette Culver
11:39 on 8 September 2009

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