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What is a classroom curriculum?

A classroom curriculum can be described as the teaching and learning that takes place in classrooms and other education settings. At the heart of the classroom curriculum are teachers’ decisions based on evidence about student learning and effective practice.

A classroom curriculum that is driven by a teaching as inquiry approach helps ensure responsive and targeted teaching and learning. Teaching as inquiry is a continual, cyclic process that goes on moment by moment, day by day, and over the longer term. In this process, the teacher asks:

  • What is important (and therefore worth spending time on), given where my students are at?
  • What strategies (evidence-based) are most likely to help my students learn this?
  • What happened as a result of the teaching, and what are the implications for future teaching?

Information from the teaching as inquiry approach can feed into school wide curriculum design and review to drive decision making at a higher level.

Related research

Teaching as Inquiry: Responding to Learners
This is ERO’s second national evaluation report on the extent to which schools have processes in place to support teaching as inquiry. It also looks at the specific inquiry approaches teachers use in classrooms.

Examples

Teachers as learners: Improving outcomes for Māori and Pasifika students through inquiry
These learning materials illustrate how teachers have used an inquiry approach to teaching to become culturally responsive and improve outcomes for their Māori and Pasifika students.

How do you support teaching as inquiry in your department?
In this video, Carol Jarrett from Kelston Girls' College, discusses how her department uses teaching as inquiry to investigate 'problems of practice'.

Find out more

Possible pathways – Effective pedagogy
This section of reviewing your curriculum explores teaching as inquiry in greater depth and in the context of effective pedagogy.

Next – Indicators for curriculum design and review

Published on: 05 May 2014


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