Slaying the Dragon: Junior Model United Nations Curriculum Designing for Middle School Teacher Candidates

Juan Manuel Walker, Stacie K Pettit, Craig Douglas Albert, Laura Rychly

Abstract


Abstract

 

The process of teaching curriculum design to pre-service teachers is a complex process.  To address this issue, teacher candidates were asked to integrate an inquiry-based approach while considering their own curriculum chapter for a Junior Model United Nations (JMUN) program.  The findings of this study suggest that teacher candidates can benefit from inquiry-based methods in planning and teaching JMUN curriculum.  In the process, teacher candidates become aware of their own biases and pedagogical needs while teaching their future students.  This is accomplished through cause and effect teaching since the teacher candidates are simultaneously building and teaching. The further removed teacher candidates are from curriculum development, the less likely they are to understand the significance of curriculum development and its applications. 


Keywords


global mindedness, inquiry learning process, engagement, simulation, application of knowledge

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