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Look Deeper into the Concepts, Nature and Purposes of the Curriculum

This post is based on my field study that I did conduct last three months for the year 2014. You may seem not to approve some of this idea, but please correct me if I am wrong. Most of the things contain here were based on my own opinion. I am very welcome to some ideas that you may share on this subject matter. Thank you and hope it will be a help for those people in search for the same studies.

My Enriching Activities

If you are to design a curriculum for your own school, what are the things you need to consider? Accomplish the graphic organizer below.

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My Analysis

  1. Why do we need to consider the traditional and progressive points of view of curriculum?
  • As a part in learning, we need to consider tradition and progressive point of view of curriculum since it is being used mostly inside the school. If we are going to observe a certain class identifying what can kind of teaching a teacher’s act, we can easily determined what kind of curriculum he/she is using. Through this, we can easily understand the meaning of this two, and upon applying this, we can easily tell which is more effective in student’s learning.
  1. How do the different educational philosophies relate to the curriculum in the schools you visited? Cite examples /situations?
  • The educational philosophy is a very important in the curriculum in the schools because it gives guide for the curriculum of the school to follow. Without a philosophy seems to be like an empty shell. These philosophies become the “window” to the world and “compass” in life. These can be determined as the blue print of a certain teacher or in the curriculum as a whole in the school.
  1. Why is there a need to revise the curriculum from time to time?

  • There is a need to revise the curriculum from time to time because society’s values and needs change over time. In the fast movement of the world today, every interest of every child is shifting or evolving as the times moves. The need of our society is becoming more demanding more than the previous years. Let site an example, during the 1950s, there was lot more emphasis on the home economics and industrial arts type of things, more emphasis on simply memorizing facts and rules. Nowadays, with technology shifts, and an economy that is base on different skills, if we had the same curriculum, it would be a catastrophe. Curricula have changed to meet the different needs that we have now.

My Reflections /My Insights

                After interviewing a faculty of a school, and searched about these two kinds of curriculum, I could say that both of this two are very different when it is applied. Mostly, in our changing world today, students are becoming more innovative. They want to participate, give their opinion on a certain subject, try different experiences, and do a lot more. A mere traditional curriculum will not simply give them the edge of doing what they expect to fulfil while they are in school.

There is that certain school that students were somehow complaining due to this traditional curriculum. They’ve mentioned that this academic curriculum was dreary as well as remote. According also to them, they were exposed to a situation of listening to recitations only. Lead discussions were a nightmare. Simply it is kind a boring type of learning for them.

However, on the progressive curriculum, it is a type of curriculum accompanied a practical type of education that was even more pleasant as well as interesting in the students. A type of curriculum that was in a position to offer education that was centred to the interest of the child. They find this more interesting since they could voice out what they intended to share. Being facilitated by the teachers, the students can do the task in accordance with their own likings. They can learn more through application. From this testimony, we can assume that many of students now are truly evolving, and administrative schools either public or private need to cope up with these changes.

School Computer Cafes vs. Instructional Computer Games

School Computer Cafes VS Instructional Computer Games

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Students play games at home and nearby school computer cafes. How do these games differ from instructional computer games?

The differences are greatly big, though the tools used were the same. Technology change in a vast speed in a blink of a day or months, and then new gadget suddenly created. Human intelligent are getting in the next level far differ from that of the people from the previous generation. However, maybe many of us were thinking, does this technology give us some sort of negative and positive impact in each livelihood or living?

The positive side of this technology is that, it did give us to live in a more easy way. We can do a lot of things out of this technology, and even do greater things on us. What we see in our environment reflects what technology has done to the human life. Computer as one of this became an extreme factor in giving way to a massive storage of information and a greater help in communication. I guess if we are going to estimate the ratio of possibility, 9 out of 10 people already have their computer at their homes. This became one of the necessities and we could probably say became one of appliances, which is a part of the household. The kids in today’s generation can already manipulate technology, and lots of people were using this one in order to promote each ideal and share what they already have in mind. The 21st century kids are far more into this techy stuff. But too much of doing this sort of things can be harmful in some cases.

Due to the demand of this kind of gadget, computer cafes were being built or provided by those business people as a part of their income generating thing. The purpose of this was for those people to access information and does a lot of stuff that they needed for their requirements in their daily life. However, there are those cafes that provide service having more games installed in their system, and most of these cafes are located near the school. For those business minded people, building this kind of café near the school could make their income rise in a far greater sale since kids are into this thing, and they knew that this location is better without thinking the possible effect on the kids’ school standing. The School computer cafes and instructional computer games are different.

The said school computer cafes were most likely entertaining games. One very popular game that was being played online was like that of DOTA, RAGNAROK and etc. These were created for amusement for the kids. Most of them really were having fun doing this, but some gets a more harmful on their grades because instead of making an assignment, they just go to a café and do a lot of games instead. This stuff really cause a harsh part to some parents because they were thinking that their kids were doing the best of their ability to go to school, but only to find out some of their kids skipping classes just for this purpose. This is why some parents need to monitor their kids in order to know what they were doing. In the instructional computer games, though bought of them were being created as games and for amusement, this ICG was created with a twist. The twist in here is the learning that it could give to the kids. They were given in order for the kids to learn in a fun more setting. We can totally understand that people have different level of learning, and some wanted more amusing in order to awaken their interest. This instructional computer games were being built to fight the boredom of some students who lack motivation when they run out to drive them. It became helpful for the teachers since it could give them some idea that they could use in class subject.

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Parents need to supervise their kids in using this technology. They could put both of these games in their computer as a way of monitoring them. If kids wanted to play games then give them time with a specific limit, and teach them as well on instructional computer games for them to shift the kids’ interest from the entertaining games to learning games.