Effective curriculum development

Effective curriculum development


The course is imperative in acquiring skills that a competent early childhood education teacher or administrator should possess. Ensuring a comprehensive mastery of the curriculum is a vital objective of the course. It guarantees the teacher the acquisition of sound knowledge of the subject as stipulated in the curriculum. It inspires the teacher to gain professional interest in the work. The course inculcates the attitude of care for children. A competent early childhood education teacher should establish a warm atmosphere that best accommodates the learner (New & Cochran, 2007, p. 228). The course is important in promoting enthusiasm in early childhood education teachers to undertake their roles. Enthusiasm is a fundamental character that early childhood teachers should possess. The course promotes passion and interest in undertaking early childhood teacher’s responsibilities. A competent teacher should show interest and passion in handling children. Proper planning of the learning process is necessary for successful teaching. A competent teacher should depict the ability to conduct a detailed instructional planning of the learning process. Instructional planning should focus on enhancing the proper growth and development of children. Education should promote cognitive development and imagination in children (Wood & Attfield, 2005, p. 145)

Effective curriculum development requires extensive stakeholder consultation. A good curriculum should focus on supporting a learner-friendly environment (Machado & Meyer-Botnarescue, 2009, p. 252). The curriculum development process should promote nature-based learning and development of the child. It should also consider the concerns of diverse groups of learners (Pianta, 2012, p.455). I can successfully undertake this vital process. The areas for improvement in curriculum development include the necessity to formulate expectations that are realistic and achievable by the learners and teachers. Formulating a curriculum that promotes higher order capabilities in learners is an area of improvement. Promoting language mastery and enhanced ICT knowledge is vital as a higher order capability (McLachlan, Fleer & Edwards, 2013, p. 161). I have an interest in exploring active learning as a vital strategy in early childhood education.

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Machado, M., & Meyer-Botnarescue, H. (2009). Student teaching: Early childhood practicum guide. Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.

McLachlan, C., Fleer, M., & Edwards, S. (2013). Early childhood curriculum: Planning, assessment, and implementation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

New, R., & Cochran, M. (2007). Early childhood education: An international encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

Pianta, C. (2012). Handbook of early childhood education. New York, NY: Guilford Publications.

Wood, E., & Attfield, J. (2005). Play, learning and the early childhood curriculum. London: Paul Chapman.