Description of Spiral Curriculum
The spiral model is a graphic description of a 2 week course. First the aim of the course which is ‘Taking responsibility for maximum potential’ is written vertically through the core of the spiral The idea is that each participant, whether therapist or teacher or community worker will by the end of the course be able to help the children in their care to be the best they can be given the severity of their disability.
Secondly the circle around the top of the cone is divided into 4 sections each describing a skill that is needed in order for the course participants to achieve that aim. Each skill is vital in achieving the whole and without any one of them the aim will not be fully achieved.
The list of items down the left side of the inverted cone refer to knowledge the participants need to learn in order to be able to carry out the list of performance objectives on the right hand side. These are the observational , analytical communicative, planning and handling skills demonstrated in a series of tasks
The twists of the spiral represent the process by which the trainer builds up the knowledge and skills of participants. This is done through different kinds of teaching; first by formal lectures with handouts and then putting that knowledge to use in practical sessions with children and finally integrating the knowledge with the practical application through small group discussions and reflection.
By representing the course curriculum in this way both trainers and learners are guided through the material recognising where skills or knowledge are weak or strong
The items in both the Prerequisite Knowledge and the Performance Objective lists can be changed to suit the participants level of experience and previous education but the core aim and the basic skills should stay the same.