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Spiral Curriculum



Initial Thoughts and Questions: Please discuss the following questions with one other person and be prepared to share with the larger group.


  1. Are you familar with today's topic? Where and in what context have you heard about this topic?
  2. What is your understanding of this topic?
  3. How, if at all, do you think it relates to Inquiry Instruction? How would it effect lessons and instruction?
  4. Any other thoughts on this topic?


Follow up Questions after the lesson:

  1. What is still unclear about this topic?
  2. What new questions do you have about this topic?




Notes on the Topic:


  • Spiral Curriculum
    • rooted in Jerome Bruner's Cognitive Theories (a synopsis of Bruner's work)
    • visit same and similar topics/questions/skills, but at varying levels of difficulty
    • visit same and similar topics/questions/skills, but from different perspectives (ie, in a lecture, a hands-on activity, or a discussion)
    • based on Piaget's Adaptation, Assimilation and Accommadation.


  1. How does this tie in with neural networks?
  2. In what way is spiral curriculum supportive of constructivist ways of knowing?



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