INTEGRATING BLENDED TEACHING INTO EDUCATION CURRICULUM
The onset of the 21st century has brought about tremendous changes in all areas of the world, whether it's education, technology, economy, or society. Recently, there has been a shift in the educational landscape from teacher-centered to learner-centered education approaches to enhance the active participation of students for effective learning. The COVID 19 pandemic is also throwing up a lot of challenges for individuals to cope with its impacts, especially in education. Blended learning has been adopted widely as it seems to be a promising approach to address most of the 21st-century challenges; however, no meaningful learning takes place without meaningful teaching. Research and literature on blended learning seem to be expanding with less increase in research on blended teaching. This has, however, left educators and instructors wondering how they can effectively carry out blended teaching for effective blended learning. As blended learning becomes more prevalent, opportunities for research into blended teaching should also increase. Educators need to know how they apply blended teaching effectively in this era. To remedy this situation, this review synthesizes how teachers can integrate blended teaching into an education curriculum to guide learning experiences and activities of students properly for effective learning. Concepts such as curriculum, integration, blended teaching, and ways of integrating blended teaching into an education curriculum were discussed. The models and approaches of blended teaching, principles for integrating blended teaching into the curriculum, and factors determining the integration of blended teaching into the curriculum of an education programme were identified. The paper concludes by discussing the various challenges to integrating blended teaching into an education curriculum.
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