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Management model for integrating a new teaching module into the local curriculum

Reforming The Local Curriculum

Riihimäki, Finland
This innovation helps you integrate a new teaching module into the local curriculum. This allows education to be all-encompassing without separate study modules. We introduce the innovation through the example of integrating robotics into the curriculum.
Introduction

What is it all about?

“Understanding the basics of robotics is a part of basic knowledge, however, many are unfamiliar with the subject. We wanted to create a practical model of integrating robotics into the curriculum.”

Esa Santakallio, Director of education and culture, Riihimäki

Schools create education innovations all the time. The challenge is that success stories do not spread to other schools. This is due to a lack of leadership and a clear direction which are necessary for change to occur. Schools need resources to experiment new things. Otherwise nothing gets off the ground.

Municipalities or education providers must invest in planning, leadership and readjust their resources in order to implement new teaching modules into local curricula and integrate them to every local school successfully.

Some reforms require entirely new learning environments. If a municipality wants to implement these types of changes into every school, it must be done in an organized manner locally. Real change requires commitment from the municipality or the education provider.

Below, we present a model developed in Riihimäki on how to implement an education innovation into the local curriculum. The City of Riihimäki has 11 comprehensive schools and all of them committed to the program. The model was created in 2014 when Riihimäki decided to implement continuum model of robotics studies into all the local comprehensive schools.

The long-term goal is that students can continue with robotics studies commenced during basic education in any local upper secondary institutions as well as tertiary education institutions, both in vocational and academic settings.

These seven steps present the reform process on the municipal level. The steps can be applied to the implementation of any broad innovation or new teaching module into the municipality-specific curriculum working under a national core curriculum.

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Innovation Overview
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2016
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Time and resources for long-term reform. Groundwork: 1–2 months; Piloting: 1 year; Implementation into basic education: 3–4 months; Operational use: 5–6 years.
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Innovativeness

The management model incorporates innovative contents of instruction into standard teaching.

Impact

Local students can all benefit from the new teaching module equally.

Scalability

The basic elements of the model can be applied to various government structures.

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Steps

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Piloting new teaching modules
Anyone can suggest a new teaching module: a teacher, the school or the strategic goals of the education provider.
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Building commitment
In order to ensure equity in education, new teaching modules or education innovations should be included in the local curriculum. This way they can be implemented in every local school and every student can benefit from them.
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Organizing training courses
Every teaching module is unique so the education provider or the school must ensure sufficient training and provide courses for the teaching staff.
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04
Designing the curriculum
The education provider or a representative should form a curriculum committee.
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Learning environments
During this step you should make the relevant acquisitions, such as the VEX IQ platform used at Riihimäki.
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Implementation
In schools, the principals are responsible for the implementation of different pilot programs as well as the actual curriculum.
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