- Where can teachers find resource materials related to curriculum development?
Teachers may visit the Central Resources Centre of the Curriculum Development Institute which provides curriculum resources for the reference of teachers. It is located at West Podium, EDB Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre Kowloon Tong. There are references including a selection of a variety of local and overseas teaching/learning packages and books, TOC and AA resource materials, school-based curriculum projects, curriculum guides, journals and periodicals on display in the Centre. The catalogue of the existing resource materials available in the Centre has been put on the CDI homepage for easy access by the public.
- Does the Curriculum Development Institute (CDI) recommend teaching resources for individual subjects?
The CDI operates a textbook reviewing system whereby publishers submit books written in line with the recommended syllabuses to EDB for review. The books are reviewed by a panel of reviewers consisting of serving teachers, lecturers in tertiary institutions, in addition to CDI subject officers. The books are checked against the recommended syllabuses to ensure that they meet with the syllabus requirements, the format requirements, the accuracy of content materials and their suitability for the ability of students at the respective levels. Books recommended for use by schools are put on the Recommended Textbook List. Schools are encouraged to select textbooks from the Recommended Textbook List. Publishers and schools are informed of the updated Recommended Textbook List through the CDC homepage at http://www.edb.gov.hk/cd/cdc/.
The CDI is working towards a change in the culture of over-reliance on textbooks as the main teaching/learning resources through greater emphasis on inquiry learning and diversified learning resources including web-based resources. The change is essential for providing the appropriate contexts for learning as well as meeting the changing needs of society and nature of knowledge for life-long learning.