9:30am to 5pm Thursday 11th & 9am- 4:30pm Friday 12th May, 2017
Venue: Eastern Mediterranean University
Theme: COLLABORATION FOR CURRICULAR & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Curricular innovation may entail a new course-book, renewal of syllabus objectives, a change in coursework tasks or alterations in the way learners progress through the programme. This may, in turn, necessitate changes in methodology or new teaching approaches or alterations in established classroom practices. This has implications for teacher training and professional development.
To what extent do we, as curriculum designers, take into account the possible training needs that might arise from changes to our curriculum? How can we better raise teachers’ awareness of the rationale for curricular changes? From whom should support for curricular changes come: curriculum teams or teacher development teams? How can we collaborate better with teacher trainers? What role does the curriculum itself have as a vehicle for promoting teachers’ professional development? Do we consider the range of abilities and skills available in our teaching staff when making decisions about the curriculum? How can the curriculum contribute to a culture of professional development within the institution?
This forum examined the two-way relationship between the curriculum and professional development and look at ways that collaboration between colleagues involved in these two areas can be encouraged.