Curriculum Planning with Design Language
Building Elegant Courses and Units
Curriculum Planning with Design Language provides a streamlined, adaptable framework for using visual design terminology to conceptualize instructional design objectives, processes, and strategies. Drawing from instructional design theory, pattern language theory, and aesthetics, these ten course and unit design principles help educators break down and clarify their broader planning tasks and concerns. Written in clear, direct prose and rich with intuitive examples, this book showcases insights leading to effective curriculum design that will speak equally to pre-service and experienced educators.
Table of Contents
Preface. Acknowledgments 1. Designing Instruction 2. Introducing the Patterns 3. Strong Centres 4. Boundaries 5. Entrances and Exits 6. Coherence and Connections 7. Green Spaces 8. Public and Private 9. Repetition and Variety 10. Gradients, Harmony and Levels of Scale 11. Master Plans and Organic Development 12. Agile, Light Structures 13. Agile Unit Design 14. Conclusion. Index. Author Biography
Ken Badley teaches in the Department of Education at Mount Royal University, Canada, and serves as Professor of Education by Special Appointment at Tyndale University College, Canada. He recently completed nine years of service in the doctoral program in education at George Fox University, USA.
"Badley uses Alexander’s seminal patterns of architecture as a powerful metaphor for curriculum and provides a unique lens for teachers to design learning. Each chapter reveals how teachers can engage architectural principles to create compelling learning experiences that draw in learners just as we are drawn into a beautiful building. The writing is witty and clever; how often does a curriculum book make one laugh out loud?"
—Jodi Nickel, Chair of the Department of Education at Mount Royal University, Canada, and Past President of the Canadian Association of Teacher Education
"Ken Badley gives us a much-needed fresh take on designing for instruction that opens up spaces and rhythms missed by a narrow focus on mechanical learning objectives or mere planning of topics and time blocks. I will be returning to this thought-provoking volume often!"
—David I. Smith, Director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning at Calvin College, USA