Educating the whole child- This has reference to all aspects of the child (emotional, social, physical and cognitive) which are given equal importance to the learning scheme. It even goes to the lengths that parents are vitally involved in the learning climate and encouraged to have active participation with the academic institutions where the child is brought into These are major areas that made kindergarten more than a bridge from their early educational experience and that of the more rigorous training in the next levels (Goldstein, 2007, p. 1).
Translating these four major considerations into the whole system change in the school curriculum are actually the basics that are studied and researched comprehensively and exhaustively from the grade school to the higher high school levels. Moreover, there are various important key cultural changes that are also vital to the developments that are to occur in the curriculum changes.
These include the wider diversity of students and pupils, the impact of countries outside the U. S. whose changes as well in their educational and learning focus shifted drastically to influence the world’s demands and share in the eventual burden for the need for workers with special knowledge and skills (McMurry & Roningen, 2005). Other implications will also be on the course instruction; the hub of the learning picture in effect will be a subject of further study as the move has become less traditional to more research or evidence-based requiring faculty or teachers with abilities beyond lesson planning based on pre-prepared textbooks and references.
Utilizing the resources within the faculty system which college instructors employ and deriving their insights on the results of research on the modifications that will be projected years from now, this paper will also consider their applicability in the lower educational levels (McMurry & Roningen, 2005). The increasing breakthroughs in technology definitely will impinge on the techniques and strategies that education will significantly make on the curriculum.
However, despite these changes, there might a shift back to some “classics” of educational training that understandably will not be replaced by technological breakthroughs or approach (McMurry & Roningen, 2005). As mentioned earlier, the wider workforce diversity, increasing globalization and need for a technically trained or highly skilled people necessitate the changes.
However, how and where these changes fall will be another point of controversy. In a paper on curriculum leadership, Cynthia Lawry Berkins elucidated the need for changes and what might the changes look like in the emerging curriculum basing on the trends that are influencing educators and parents today. The research involves the identification of the trends that are persuasive to the academic circles.
Berkins as well as others like Stevenson made similar findings. The following are key trends: Less emphasis on attendance in the schools. The trend will continue on schools being put up and sustained which are smaller and leaning towards the neighborhood orientation. Class size will be smaller (Stevenson, 2007; Berkins in Achilles, 1996). Inevitably, technology is going to play a major portion of transfer of learning;