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Frontiers in Educational Research, 2020, 3(13); doi: 10.25236/FER.2020.031303.

An Innovative Idea: Design and Assessment of Interest-Driven Curriculum in Junior High Schools in China


Xiaoxuan Fang

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Xiaoxuan Fang

Master of Education, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China


The purpose of the study is to design an interest-driven curriculum model using Sources of Interest Based in Usefulness and to implement it based on Interest-Driven Learning Design Framework. This study will address the gaps of the previous studies on interest-driven curriculum, which lacks a system for the development and implementation of interest-driven curriculum in China and its assessment. Most importantly, this research presents an innovative idea to design a brand new curriculum system that includes concepts such as Pleasure Curriculum, Concern Curriculum, Identity Formation Curriculum, Life Goals Curriculum, and Curiosity Curriculum. The interest-driven curriculum has significant meaning for student learning and individual development. This study adopts quantitative research methods, which determine students’ interests, test students’ learning motivation through questionnaire surveys, and evaluate students’ academic achievements through pre-tests and post-tests. It also uses qualitative research methods through an interview survey to investigate students’ attitudes, which can be used as feedback for teachers and the researcher. This study is a trial experience to prove that the interest-driven curriculum can have excellent contributions for students’ learning and individual development, ultimately allowing the concept to be borrowed by other educational institutions.


interest-driven curriculum, curriculum design and assessment

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Xiaoxuan Fang. An Innovative Idea: Design and Assessment of Interest-Driven Curriculum in Junior High Schools in China. Frontiers in Educational Research (2020) Vol. 3 Issue 13: 16-25. https://doi.org/10.25236/FER.2020.031303.


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