Tallinn, Estonia

Curriculum – Past Trajectories and Future Trends

when 13 July 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 300

Perhaps even before but certainly after the appearance of major large-scale comparative student assessment tests such as PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) in 2000 and the growing influence of supranational organizations such as OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), we can observe the effects of globalization in the education systems and curricula of most countries. Under the conditions of international competition for an educated workforce, almost everywhere education is becoming more homogenized. However, education still contains regional and national differences.

Course leader

Tero Autio has served as full professor of curriculum studies and teacher education at the University of Tampere, Finland, invited professor of curriculum theory at Tallinn University, Estonia.
Maria Erss is a researcher and lecturer at Tallinn Universit

Target group

The course is meant for Master students or MA graduates with an interest in education. High level of efficiency in English is required (at least B2). The course is limited to 24 participants.

Course aim

In this course we will discuss questions such as:
– What national and cross-cultural historical pathways and ideas have shaped today’s curriculum culture in different parts of the world?
– How have decisions relating to curriculum been influenced by the wider socio-economic environment?
– What are the alternative trends regarding curriculum and instruction emerging today that could influence the future?
– What are the roles of teachers and learners in these traditions and trends?
These are some of the topics that would be worth reflecting on if you are to develop or to enact a curriculum. During the course we will focus particularly on developments in Europe, the Anglo-Saxon countries and Asia.

Credits info

2 EC
Participants who do not wish to receive 2 ECTS for the course do not have to submit the written critical analysis and will only receive a confirmation of participation when fulfilling other course assessment criteria (eg. participating fully in the course and completing independent reading and other tasks). Students who wish to receive 2 ECTS for the course, must submit their written critical analysis.

Fee info

EUR 300: Early-Bird Course Fee (until March 31, 2020). Accommodation and meals are not included in the price.
EUR 350: Regular Course Fee (after March 31, 2020). Accommodation and meals are not included in the price.