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Reshaping the Curriculum


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To produce a high-achieving learning environment, Means and Knapp (1991) suggest reshaping of the curriculum based on the following principles:

  1. The curriculum should focus on complex, meaningful problems that make sense to students.

  2. The curriculum should include basic skills that are embedded in the context of broader, more complex, and more meaningful tasks.

  3. The curriculum should make connections to students' experiences outside of school, from their own culture. Such connections will encourage students to bring their own real-life problems to school and will help them recognize how instruction can support their own hopes and values.

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