With the goal of raising awareness of child slavery and devastation of the natural environment in Haiti, while simultaneously supporting active teaching strategies, a team of educators collaborated to develop The Respecting Haiti curriculum. Following curriculum development representatives from the team facilitated training of the curriculum in Haiti. The process continues to evolve as participants work to build on strengths and use individual expertise to enhance our collective knowledge and develop an effective and authentic curriculum. This paper provides a brief overview of the development of the draft of a curriculum, and the experiences and lessons learned from the team of faculty conducting training around the curriculum. Using an analysis of journals, curriculum materials, and notes, the authors identified four key themes from which barriers to full successful curriculum implementation were identified and possible solutions generated, highlighting issues related to negotiation, confrontation, preparation and connection. The process and experiences may serve as a model to inform curriculum development and training in developing countries.
Harte, Helene Arbouet; Jones, Melissa M.; and Wray, Francis
"Little by little the bird builds its nest: first steps in cross cultural curriculum training,"
Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education:
2, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.buffalostate.edu/jiae/vol6/iss2/6
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