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Effective Curriculum Design

Identifying Learning Goals

Identifying Learning Goals

Identifying learning goals is a key step in curriculum design. Learning goals are statements that describe what students should know or be able to do as a result of the learning experience. They should be clear, concise, and measurable. Identifying learning goals helps to focus the curriculum and ensure that it is aligned with the needs of the learners.

Consider the Overall Purpose

When identifying learning goals, it is important to consider the overall purpose of the curriculum. What is the curriculum intended to achieve? What are the key knowledge and skills that students should acquire? Once the overall purpose has been established, it is necessary to break it down into specific learning goals. These goals should be aligned with the overall purpose and should be achievable within the time frame of the curriculum.

Bloom's Taxonomy

A useful framework for identifying learning goals is Bloom's Taxonomy. Bloom's Taxonomy is a classification system that identifies different levels of cognitive complexity. The taxonomy provides a hierarchy of six levels, ranging from lower-order thinking skills, such as remembering and understanding, to higher-order thinking skills, such as analyzing, evaluating, and creating. By identifying learning goals that align with the different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy, curriculum designers can ensure that the curriculum is sufficiently challenging and promotes deep learning.

Example Learning Goals

For example, if the overall purpose of a curriculum is to teach students about the scientific method, some specific learning goals might include:

  • Students will be able to identify the steps of the scientific method.
  • Students will be able to design a scientific experiment to test a hypothesis.
  • Students will be able to analyze data from a scientific experiment.

By breaking down the overall purpose of the curriculum into specific learning goals, curriculum designers can ensure that the curriculum is focused, coherent, and effective.

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