Broom Pendulum Swings (2017 Archive)

Pendulum Swings in Teaching Practice

20 Minute Research Presentation


Catherine Broom – UBC Okanagan


In this presentation, I will argue that the new BC curriculum and much thinking over-emphasizes a focus on the “how” of teaching, that the pendulum has swung dramatically to one extreme. I will argue that our students benefit the most from our teaching, when we center our teaching around both the “what” and the “how” of teaching. Over-emphasizing the “what” can lead to disengaged teaching, such as lecture, and over emphasizing the “how” of teaching can lead to activity based learning that has little depth. As educators, we can plan most effectively when we consider both the “what” and the “how” questions in our planning and teaching. I will give examples of how this can be done, drawing from BC’s past and present curriculum documents.