STEMskiller: Skill Set Map for Mentors of Early Career Researchers
As they progress through their academic careers, early career researchers may be involved in the design/development of new curricula (e.g., new areas of study, degree programs, areas of specializations, and so on). Helpful resources for considering and learning about such processes are found in this section as well as a sample disciplinary-specific resource provided by a scholarly society, in mathematics. Early career researchers interested in pursuing academic teaching careers should be minimally familiar with the processes and terminology associated with curriculum development, including the role scholarly societies and/or national governing bodies play in the establishment and accreditation of programs.
Useful resources on Curriculum design:
Mathematics Association of America (MAA). (2020). Curriculum resources. https://www.maa.org/programs-and-communities/curriculum%20resources
Basic library list, classroom capsules, common vision, course communities, Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics (CUPM) guide (recommendations to guide mathematics departments in designing curricula for undergraduate students), Investing in the Next Generation through Innovative and Outstanding Strategies project (collaboration among mathematics and statistics professional societies and the National Science Foundation, which was devoted to identifying and envisioning programs and strategies for increasing the flow of mathematical sciences students into the workforce pipeline), instructional practices guide, MAA Möbius Testing Suite (suite of web-based mathematics placement tests), META Math (aims to increase faculty capacity to guide undergraduate pre-service teachers in making explicit connections between undergraduate mathematics and the school mathematics they will teach), Progress through Calculus, Role of Calculus, WeBWorK (open-source online homework system for math and science courses equipped with over 25,000 problems for both lower division and more advanced levels).
The National Academies Press. (1999). Process for designing a curriculum program. In: Designing mathematics or science curriculum programs: A guide to using mathematics and science education standards. https://www.nap.edu/read/9658/chapter/4
In-depth description of the curriculum design process, including overview diagram, establishing goals and standards, building a common vision, identifying core instructional materials, review instruments and procedures, refining the curriculum framework, and evaluating the curriculum program. While geared towards K-12 programs, the steps outlined apply to the design of programs in higher education.
University of South Florida Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence. (2020). Curriculum design. https://www.usf.edu/atle/teaching/curriculum-design.aspx
Concise overviews of topics such as program goals, curriculum maps, and assessment plans.
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Last Updated: July 20, 2021