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IBE-UNESCO global consultation on a revised Curriculum Glossary



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This second version of the IBE Glossary of curriculum-related terms has been updated in response to the significant expansion in curriculum terminology arising from: research into curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment; trends towards competence-based curricula; wider considerations of personal, social and thinking skills; new approaches to pedagogy; the enhancement of teacher and learner agency; and the increasing professionalization of teaching globally.  It draws heavily from curriculum terminology set out in a series of normative papers issued by the IBE in 2017 to guide the development of future curricula:  
  • Paper 1 entitled ‘Reconceptualizing and Repositioning Curriculum in the 21st Century’ (Marope, 2017:1, IBE) argues for a paradigm shift to reconceptualize curriculum as ‘the first operational tool for ensuring the sustained development-relevance of curricula and wider education and learning systems’. 
  • Paper 2 entitled ‘Future Competences and the Future of Curriculum: A Global Reference for Curricular Transformation’ (Marope et al., 2017:2, IBE) sets out a rationale for repositioning curriculum at the center of national, regional and global development dialogue and agendas and argues that future curricula must enable learners, young and old, to acquire the competences to enable them to address the challenges and opportunities of fast-changing 21st century and Industry 4 contexts. 
  • Paper 3 entitled ‘Transforming Teaching, Learning and Assessment’, (Marope et al., 2017:3, IBE) outlines the transformations required for teaching learning and assessment to best support the implementation of competence-based curricula.  It advocates for greater teacher and student agency to enable the transformative implementation of a competence-based curriculum. The Glossary also draws on on-going collaboration with the OECD ‘Education 2030’ project.  Both organizations have shared their draft Glossaries to enable harmonization of terminology. 
This significantly expanded the Glossary with over 250 new terms is being shared for consultation with curriculum specialists, academics, policy-makers, practitioners and other users across IBE’s Global Curriculum Network (GCN) who are cordially invited to send their comments to the IBE. This draft will then be further revised on the basis of GCN feedback. We would welcome your feedback to the following consultation questions which will be used to help improve the Glossary.
Consultation Questions:
  1. Is the Glossary clearly set out? Please suggest improvements. 
  2. Please list any terms /definitions that need further clarification.
  3. Please list any terms /definitions not included that should be added.
  4. Please list any terms /definitions that should be removed.
  5. Please add any further comments you wish to make.
Please send your responses by December 16 to: