Another piece of the plan in overhauling Alberta’s curriculum came into focus Thursday as the province released the results of a survey on the matter. Thousands of Albertans participated in a two-part online survey in the fall of 2016 to help guide the Notley government on areas where it should focus when updating the programming in the province’s K-12 schools.
Parents, students, teachers and members of the general public were able to participate in the survey over two months between October and November 2016.
There’s broad support for the current curriculum, but respondents are looking for some changes.
Overriding themes found in the survey gave direction to focus the curriculum on goals, choices, accountability, excellence, perseverance and developing life-long learners.
Among some of the challenges cited with the current curriculum is the current Discovery Math program, which was implemented in 2018. Respondents said they’d prefer a return to more traditional math skills being taught in Alberta schools.
Many respondents also felt teachers are being asked to achieve too many learning outcomes in a school year, especially in the area of language arts.
“We know that Albertans want a curriculum that prepares students to be critical thinkers and effective problem solvers,” said education minister David Eggen. “Our development of new curriculum will make life better for our students. The results of this survey confirm that Albertans have given us the green light to move forward in our work.”
The next phase of the curriculum redevelopment begins right away, with another online survey. The first redesigned curriculum is set to be released December 2018.
BELOW: A breakdown of the results from a provincial survey on curriculum in Alberta schools