How important is rigorous curriculum planning and documentation? Whilst the answer seems clear - VERY important, nay, critical to the PROCESSES of learning; I am regularly confronted with curriculum 'plans' that are no more than a dot point list of topics or themes that teachers and learners will focus on. Recently, I was told the following by a School Principal (not mine) "We haven't really focused on curriculum planning or formal curriculum documentation because we've been focusing on pedagogy - teaching and learning strategies - instead".
In terms of change processes and where you start this is an interesting comment and one I shared with a colleague. My question was "where do you start - with curriculum planning or teaching practice" and his answer "well, that's just a chicken and egg debate". But - is it? To my mind it's not - curriculum planning IS teaching practice. The curriculum is enacted as soon as teachers start thinking about it and rehearsing it in their minds. To me curriculum is the WHY and WHAT and pedaogy is the WHEN, WHERE and HOW - without both deep learning is not possible. Same with the chicken and the egg - they cannot exist without each other - the chicken begets the egg which begets the chicken etc...