A Systems Model for Authentic Pedagogy: Conceptualizing a Scaleable, University-wide Production Curriculum

  • Ames T. Brown III
Conference paper


A systems curriculum model of authentic pedagogy for universities is proposed which expands the “big picture” of selected courses to the level of an articulated system. This authentic system simultaneously articulates a selection of multiple courses across multiple academic departments and multiple semesters to a common goal: the authentic production of a digital technology product.


authentic pedagogy authentic learning project based learning curriculum design technology education engineering education higher education reform 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ames T. Brown III
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  1. 1.School of Education & Human ResourcesUniversity of BridgeportBridgeport

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