A Thematic Approach

One way to teach the curriculum in a way that is less disjointed is to "mask" each of the levels of analysis as a topic. So, instead of "the biological level of analysis" - the unit could be called "The teenage brain." Here is a model of a curriculum that would be laid out this way.A quick overview of the history of psychology and an introduction to research. (August – end September)

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Comments 3

Dwi Astuti 18 May 2017 - 02:25

Hi John,

Are you going to apply this thematic approach in the next academic year? And what do you think about the problem-based learning (PBL)?

John Crane 19 May 2017 - 05:57

Dear Dwi,

You will see with the textbook that is online, I have tried to develop a thematic approach at the unit level - but not across the whole program as I worry about students not being able to distinguish for the examinations. I have always taught thematically. As for problem-based learning, I think that this is how every class should run - however, it is not the assessment that our kids have to write. That is unfortunate and, IMHO, a lost opportunity in the new curriculum. Our new curriculum does the same - asking kids to memorize both studies and evaluation points. And with the Paper 3 having static questions, even more memorization of responses. But I think that the exam is only the "necessary evil" and what happens in our classrooms is much more important.

Dwi Astuti 23 May 2017 - 09:50

Thank you very much for your response, John. I agree that the discussion and dynamic in the classroom are the real learning engagement than the exam. Hopefully, they can gain more inspiration (life long learner) than just study to prepare for the exam. Again, thanks, John. Keep sharing.

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