One goal of early childhood teacher educators is to teach in ways that model teaching young children. What better way to study curriculum than to design it? This article describes a graduate early childhood curriculum course in which the students participate in the process of designing the syllabus. They receive a syllabus empty of topics, schedule, and readings. Together, we design the course according to their interests and needs. By semester’s end there is a full reading list and schedule. The invitation to co-design curriculum provides opportunities for investigation, representation and reflection as does constructivist teaching for children, and demonstrates concretely that curricular goals can be addressed in multiple and varied ways.
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Dorfman, Aviva B.
"Una Destinatio, Viae Diversae – One Destination, Many Paths: An Invitation to Design Curriculum,"
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