The Curriculum Triad

Content → Process → Form

Curriculum decision-making has become controversial, complex and polarised with pressures from local laws and restrictions, political alliances, the school board, student curiousities and varying learning needs of the students. We are witnessing deep conflicts erupting when advocates from across the political spectrum determine which books be removed from school libraries, demand that certain words or phrases not be spoken or history texts revised in order to delete offensive narratives. Furthermore, it is often said that a curriculum is like a graveyard because we keep putting more stuff in and seldom take anything out!

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Arthur L Costa and David Hyerle


Arthur L Costa, a professor emeritus at California State University, Sacramento and Co-director of the Institute for Habits of Mind. Art has authored numerous books and articles on coaching and teaching for thinking. He can be reached at Artcosta@aol.com

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David Hyerle is an independent researcher, author and consultant. He is president of Thinking Schools International, creator of the Thinking Maps® model and co-founder of Thinking Maps, Inc. He can be reached at davidhyerle@gmail.com