This study sought to determine the usefulness of curriculum mapping in teaching Asian History. As the High School Social Studies Coordinator, I found it essential to conduct a research on how curriculum maps enable the teachers in our academic unit to articulately plan the curriculum and effectively deliver instruction. Is curriculum mapping useful in teaching Asian History? In this study, I have obtained primary research data by examining the Term 3 Grade 7 curriculum map for Academic Year 2014-2015 with the unit topic “Regional and Global Conflicts in Asia”. Alignment of the assessments and activities to the learning competencies and national standards was thoroughly checked. To ensure the soundness of the said curriculum map, a formal classroom observation was conducted to validate the delivery of instruction of the Social Studies Teacher in the study vis-à-vis curriculum preparation. Moreover, data analysis was conducted based on the examination of the sample curriculum map and a performance evaluation report was prepared based on the formal classroom visit. Likewise, mentoring was done through a post-observation conference with the said teacher. As a tool for analysis, communication and planning, curriculum mapping has enabled the said teacher to thematically align curriculum, instruction and assessment anchored on national standards. Through the creation of such pertinent document, the teacher has succeeded in planning and delivering instruction in terms of determining the learning goals and aligning the standards with various assessments and activities.
Leah Marie Tumlos-Castillo, De La Salle Santiago Zobel School, Philippines
Stream: Primary and secondary education
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