The Department of Curriculum and Educational Management Studies has a mandate to provide an environment where students can learn and become competent world class curriculum practitioners equipped with cutting edge curriculum design, implementation, evaluation, transformation and management skills for the benefit of the nation and the international community at large.
The primary functions of the departmental are the development, dissemination, and application of curriculum design, implementation and evaluation models in STEM disciplines. In fulfilling this mandate, the department strives to create an enabling environment where both lecturers and students, can develop their full potential.
To be among the world leaders in producing curriculum practitioners of the highest calibre, capable of advancing knowledge and skills in science and mathematics instruction.
To provide expert tuition through innovative, research – based instruction in order to produce world class curriculum practitioners equipped with cutting edge instructional skills forthe benefit of the nation and the international community.
• Student Centredness
Diploma Programme on Offer
Undergraduate Programmes on Offer
- Bachelor of Science Education Honours Degree Geography – Pre-Service (4 years)
- Bachelor of Science Education Honours Degree Geography – In-Service (2 years)
Postgraduate Programmes on offer
- Master of Science Education Degree in Curriculum Studies
- Master of Science Education in Geography (1 ½ years)
- Master of Philosophy (Mphil) and Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) Degrees
The department is developing the following programmes:
- MScEd Measurement, Assessment and Evaluation
- Postgraduate Diploma in Quality Management
- MScEd Quality Management
- PhD through Coursework (Taught PhD)
The Research Agenda 2019 was crafted by the Department of Curriculum & Educational Management Studies. It is intended to present a framework for global change and sustainability agenda-setting for researchers and funders, and to identify key priorities for the next 5 years which can be used as starting points for the development of research strategies and funding programmes.
To facilitate Research Culture, the Department sets the Department Research Agenda with the following research thrusts or directions:
- Curriculum assessment and evaluation
- Interdisciplinarity in instruction
- Science and technology education
- Innovation in teacher education
- Learning and instruction
- Indigenous knowledge and science education
- Use of indigenous knowledge in the teaching of science
Integration of Instruction, Research, Community Engagement, Innovation and Industrialisation
The Department of Curriculum & Educational Management Studies as a dynamic and proficient centre of education rests on the premise that education should be transformative, creative, relevant and is an essential service. The department is an academic unit that espouses excellence and perfection and therefore strives to put into place an environment and mechanisms that ensure the creation and production of new knowledge significant to the country, region, and the world at large. This can be done best through a rationalized integration of instruction, research, community engagement, innovation and industrialisation. Research serves as medium that connects instruction to the extension activities of the Department. Convergence of these five pillars would mean higher quality of education and realization of higher academic standard.
- To consolidate initiatives of the different lecturers/researchers in integrating Instruction, Research, Community Engagement, Innovation and Industrialisation
- To converge the research program with the research agenda and the academic formation.
- To establish research as a link between instruction and Community Engagement activities in the department and the university
- To bridge the gap between theory learned in instruction and praxis found in the Community Engagement activities through academic research
- To ground instruction to the community extension programs of the university
- To conduct researches based on the needs and priorities of the society and the individual.
- To establish research culture in the department and community through well-articulated research agenda
- To create an action group that would serve as the pool of researchers of the department and the university at large
- To research on the relevance and effectiveness of curricular programs to the interests and achievements of students in the different disciplines
- To research on educational strategies, programs, and projects for livelihood and sustainable development
- To research on the richness of indigenous culture and the ways and forms by which it can be developed, showcased, and appreciated
- To research on systems and procedures, theories and concepts, models and frameworks in curriculum and educational management disciplines for full realization of transformative education
Community Engagement (Extension Services) Strategic Plan (2019-2020)
The department’s extension service plan draws heavily from the Bindura University of Science Education Community Engagement Plan (CEP) displaying the department’s actions and commitments to community engagement. Embedded in the Bindura University of Science Education mission statement is the proclamation that the institution is committed to “community transformation”. This strategic plan reflects this aspiration and goal and resonate with the University’s vision of becoming- an internationally renowned university producing transformative and innovative graduates; and the core values- innovativeness and teamwork.
Purpose of the Extension Service Strategic Plan
The primary goal of community engagement is to create societal value through research-based education and training that is relevant to the needs of the community. The Department therefore defines community engagement as engaging in activities with the purpose of initiating, catalysing, and/or sustaining the development of communities, using available experience and resources. This involves packaging, demonstration, and application of appropriate technology, tools, materials, services, processes and products, generated through research and technical studies for building capacities and transforming lives in communities.
The Department of Curriculum & Educational Management Studies strategic plan shall be guided by the following key goals which seek to:
- Engaging communities through training and workshops
- Developing and running short courses
- Strengthening and expanding mutually beneficial partnerships