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In a spiral curriculum based on cognitive theory by Jerome Bruner (1960), learners have multiple opportunities to revisit a concept or theme throughout an academic term, accompanied each time with increasing levels of complexity (Johnston, 2012). The spiral curriculum has been shown to produce positive outcomes for student learning, especially when combined with other learning approaches and for subject areas on skill development (Johnston, 2012). This proposal will illustrate how a spiral curriculum, enhanced with multiple scaffolding strategies, help students learn and succeed in a doctoral research core course: MTHD 805 (formerly known as GRAD 805).
International Institute for Innovative Instruction
Curriculum, Design and Evaluation
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Sweetland, Yuerong; Hyatt, Niccole; Wanstreet, Constance; and Ni, Xiaopeng, "Winding up for improved learning in a doctoral research core course: Integrating a spiral approach with scaffolding" (2018). Scholars Showcase 2018: Innovations in Leadership and Learning. 78.