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Training Tools for Curriculum Development. A Resource Pack
Core Modules


Activity 1: Rationales for promoting a change

  1. Rationales for promoting a change

  2. Actors and context for change

  3. Design of consultation processes

  4. Advocacy before educational authorities

  5. Hints for planning a consultation process

  6. Sensitive issues


The enhancement of educational quality and relevance is the most common driver of curriculum change. Increased access to education can be achieved through sound education management, but access good quality education relies to a large extent on good quality curriculum. Curriculum change often arises, therefore, from a realization that what has been taught in the past will not prepare young people for successful lives in the future, and that the quality and relevance of curriculum must be improved.

Change is also often driven by the need or desire of nation-states to affirm cultural identity or heritage and to pursue their own socio-political and economic goals and aspirations. In different countries a range of rationales are employed to guide and chart the course of educational reform and curriculum change.

Among the more common rationales given for curriculum change are:

  • Promotion of humanistic, moral, ethical, value-oriented education;
  • Development of healthy, responsible and skilled citizens;
  • Preservation of local tradition, appreciating and respecting cultural diversity in an era of globalization;
  • Maintaining social stability, national identity and cohesion;
  • Social, civic and economic reconstruction following regime changes, wars or conflict;
  • Ensuring economic growth and improving the living standards of the population;
  • Reducing socio-economic inequalities and addressing social justice concerns;
  • Enhancing international competitiveness and global integration.

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