- 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 in support of quality learning and teaching. It is located at West Podium, EDB Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre, 19 Suffolk Road, Kowloon Tong. There are a variety of local and overseas learning and teaching packages and books on curriculum planning and development, as well as curriculum resources published by the EDB including curriculum guides in various KLA subjects and school-based curriculum projects. Besides, the Centre also houses a unique collection of QEF project proposals and a collection of journals and electronic resources on various educational issues. The catalogue of the resources can be searched at the website of the Centre (http://www.edb.gov.hk/crc).
- Does the Curriculum Development Institute (CDI) recommend teaching resources for individual subjects?
The EDB operates a textbook reviewing system whereby publishers may submit books written in line with the respective syllabuses/curriculum guides/curriculum and assessment guides compiled by the Curriculum Development Council to the EDB for review. Textbooks are reviewed by the Textbook Review Panels, which comprise EDB subject officers, frontline teaching staff and relevant experts from tertiary institutions. Textbooks are vetted in the areas of content, learning and teaching, structure and organisation, language as well as textbook layout. After the review, textbooks that have reached the required standard will be included on the EDB’s “Recommended Textbook List” (RTL) (www.edb.gov.hk/rtl) that serves as a reference for schools when selecting textbooks and learning materials. The Textbook Committee Secretariat will update the RTL as appropriate.
For those Senior Secondary subjects that the EDB does not recommend schools to use textbooks nor accepts submission of textbooks from publishers for review, the EDB has been providing teachers and schools with e-learning resources and/or resources webpages produced by the Curriculum Development Institute or jointly with other organisations. For example, e-learning resources for Liberal Studies are accessible from the “Web-based Resource Platform for Liberal Studies” of the HKEdCity for teachers’ use.
Moreover, the “EDB One-stop Portal for Learning and Teaching Resources” (www.hkedcity.net/edbosp) was launched in May 2012 with an aim to provide teachers with diversified learning activities and assessment items to enhance effectiveness of learning and teaching. The portal contains over 6 000 pieces of digitalised learning and teaching resources and more than 1 000 assessment tasks, covering the eight KLAs across the four key stages (Primary 1 to Secondary 6), General Studies at the Primary level and Liberal Studies at the Senior Secondary level. Through this online portal, teachers will have quick access to a variety of digital resources, which can help ease their workload in the preparation of teaching resources. The portal also aims at providing teachers with diversified learning activities to enhance learning and teaching effectiveness.