Curriculum Development

The curriculum development component may be the most important part of the project because it has the potential to affect students throughout New Jersey and the United States. Indeed, most of the other components are designed to contribute to the curriculum development effort, and the ten partner schools may be seen as laboratories for developing new curricular materials. A core group of four Rutgers faculty, including curriculum specialists from the Graduate School of Education, and team of almost sixty high school teachers will develop the new curricular materials, largely during two four-week summer institutes in 2001 and 2002. The core group will design approximately 15 course units, many of them featuring interactive materials, simulations and case studies on such essential topics as:

• Geography, Ecosystems and their effects on Culture;

• Choices resulting from the economics of scarcity in the developing world;

• Representation of political aspirations in Western and non-Western Literature;

• Citizenship and cooperation in post-conflict societies;

• Change in identity resulting from global interconnection; and

• New economic choices and responsibilities.

Some curricular units will be developed in several versions; conflict resolution, for example, might be available in units focusing on various parts of the world, so teachers could choose the version that best suited their needs. All curricular materials will be pilot-tested in participating schools and evaluated according to parameters defined by secondary school educators and consultants from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. They will be posted on the Global Citizen 2000 Web site, where they will be readily accessible free-of-charge to teachers throughout the country. We plan to announce their availability to all 34,000 public and non-public secondary schools in America.

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