2020 Curriculum Design and Management

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Matsuda Toshiki 
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Course description and aims

Students need to understand roles and history of the National Course of Studies, methods of designning school curiculum and its management. In addition, students need to discuss how to design the better school curriculum through exercises.

Student learning outcomes

- Students need to understand legal aspects, roles, and history of the National Course of Studies.
- Students need to understand a method of curriculum design, instructional and assessment methods for each subject area based on the latest report of the Central Council of Education publishded in 2016.
- Students need to understand a method of curriculum management.


National Course of Studies, types of curriculum, competency-based vs. contents-based, curriculum management, Warp and Woof model of problem-solving, generic skills, ways of viewing and thinking, domain-specific knowledge, meta-cognition, information literacy, study skills

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Students are assigned homework for each lesson. Students are required to read related chapters of textbooks before each lesson. Therefore, the purpose of each class is focusing on explaining reasons, frameworks, terms, procedures, and examples of instructional design tasks related to homework assignments.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Legal aspects, roles, and history of the National Course of Studies Passing the test after studying the last National Course of Studies
Class 2 Types of curriculum, constraints of National Course of Studies, differences among school levels Criteria to evaluate curriculums
Class 3 Principles and a method to design a school curriculum: Association of subject areas and Period of Integrated Studies as well as association with school district Designing a school curriculum
Class 4 Methods to cultivate general abilities accross the curriculum and principles and method of curriculum management A proposal to cultivate general abilities accross the curriculum
Class 5 Exploring a better curriculum: Assessment and improvement of curriculum Improving the curriculum


・Toshiki Matsuda, Atsuko Hoshino, and Kazuhiko Hatano (2013) Lesson Improvement with Learners: Instructional Design, Method of Instruction, and Educational Assessment. Gakubunsya (In Japanese)
・Toshiki Matsuda, Atsuko Hoshino, Kouji Karino, and Takashi Tubuki (2012) How to Learn Pedagogy: Laws, Administration, and Curriculum of Schools, Gakubun-sya. (In Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

・Central Council of Education (2016) Report to reform National Course of Studies of K-12, MEXT (In Japanese)
・Abiko, T. (2014) Lesson design beyond competency-based approach, Toshobunka (In Japanese)
・Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture (1992) History of Japanese School Education System (In Japanese)
・National Institute of Educational Policy Research(2014) Database of the National Course of Studies (In Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

・Students will be assessed based on ratio of attendance, all homework exercises, and end-term examination.
・Students who have un-submitted homework or who do not attend lessons twice or more lose their credit.

Related courses

  • LAT.A203 : Educational Technology

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

・Students are required to earn the credit for related courses shown above.

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