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School/ Museum Curriculum Development (K - 8)

In this course, students learn how to develop and teach programs that are integrated with elementary or middle school classroom curricula in the areas of science, language arts, social studies and art. Students develop inquiry-based teaching techniques through which children can explore and interpret the information, concepts, and cultural values that an object or a collection communicates. With a strong emphasis on conceptually oriented, developmentally appropriate program and curriculum design, students explore learning techniques including activities in the natural environment, analyzing objects, creative writing, movement, drama, and perception games. Students are exposed to many teaching approaches in museums throughout the metropolitan area, and put theory into practice by designing their own curricula. Students learn about the most productive ways of working with children with disabilities and special healthcare needs.