Rationales and Purposes of Collaborative Research and Development Projects
Curriculum development is an ongoing process which aims at enhancing teaching and learning. Through conducting a range of collaborative research and development projects, we are able to put relevant theories into practice, and the invaluable data collected could further provide reference for refining the curriculum reform and making decision. The purposes of the collaborative research and development projects are as follows:
a) To provide useful knowledge, experiences and viable recommendations as reference for schools, teachers and the community;
b) To leverage the synergy to promote the curriculum reform by developing teachers as reform facilitators, reflective educators and curriculum leaders; and
c) To provide impetus for school-based curriculum development
In line with the curriculum reform, the Curriculum Development Institute (CDI) has implemented a series of collaborative research and development (“Seed”) projects in schools since the 2001/02 school year. The focuses of the projects are as follows:
Curriculum planning, learning and teaching strategies for different Key Learning Areas;
Development of critical thinking and creativity through learning activities;
Assessment for learning;
Four key tasks (project learning, reading to learn, moral and civic education, and information technology for interactive learning); and
School-based curriculum development
Each “seed” project comprises two major components - development and research. For the development component, the Education Bureau and schools join hands to plan the curriculum and develop necessary resources as well as strategies so that the teaching practices could be more aligned with the focuses of curriculum development. For the research component, it is mainly about collecting evidence relevant to the processes of the curriculum reform as well as the impacts on student learning in order to provide reference for refining the curriculum.
Through collaboration in “Seed” projects, schools, based on their school contexts and practical needs, work closely together with CDI and expert consultants and also disseminate invaluable experiences and outcomes to the public. Besides, through seminars, workshops and sharing hands-on experiences by frontline teachers, the professional practices of teachers and capacities of schools could also be enhanced. Not only could school heads and teachers become curriculum leaders and instructors but they themselves are also life-long learners. Furthermore, cross-fertilisation of ideas among frontline educators, curriculum developers and other experts in the education field also facilitates the building up of a professional community which sustainably enhances curriculum development to strive for excellence. During the implementation of “Seed” projects, individual teachers may be seconded to CDI and supply teachers would be provided for the schools concerned so that the seconded teachers could be relieved to assist in developing innovative learning and teaching strategies.
Based on the existing strengths and needs of students, schools and teachers may choose the appropriate project(s) from the current list of “Seed” projects and discuss with the relevant sections of CDI the collaborative research and development project(s) which would benefit schools and students.