National and Transnational Curriculum Framework for WE
Dear Vivek ji,
Leigh Blackall working with Otago Polytechnic in Educational Development has set up a page for discussions on WE framework of National and Transnational curriculum in the WikiEducator gorup on Google Groups. The discussions are very much interesing and constructive. All WE community members are warm welcome to make it a permanent venue for discussions on Curricula. The intermediate outputs on the discussions will be added/ linked to the Curriculum Project Node ( http://www.wikieducator.org/Curriculum_INDEX ) on WE
Warm regards Anil
Everybody in the civil society must have a right to information, knowledge and best of education. Wikieducator.org and some other related sites are a positive step towards democratization of education and we need to ensure that W.E. promotes dissemination of latest pool of knowledge. This calls for an international framework that could act as a kind of benchmark or index or standard in education. No doubt, local adaptations are required to meet the local needs and socio cultural aspirations, but idea that some may continue getting knowledge which became obsolete long ago, should not be acceptable. Development of international curricula may follow development of national curricula, but we must develop at least some benchmarks on the basic standards in teaching, learning, evaluation, research, assessment, accreditation etc. before designing national curricula (content), and these standards need to be universal for education to become truly democratic. In some areas – say in social sciences, students are still being taught what is 'ancient'. i work in the fields of entrepreneurship development and economics, and in entrepreneurship development curriculum is still based upon thought developed in 1960's and discredited in 1970's and 80's. My economics students are also not being exposed to the latest developments in the field. My friends from some other faculties feel the same. At least we can start with some areas, where curricula needs to be revised urgently, but the contents should be decided only after deciding about the benchmarks in the other fundamental areas.
--Viv 05:53, 7 August 2008 (UTC)