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Curriculum work is a complex and sophisticated endeavor. This authoritative new book explores the subject not only by examining the theoretical foundations and principles of curriculum development, but also by considering its political context and the collaborative nature of much of curriculum work. It also provides numerous practical ideas for engaging in the work of curriculum development and implementation. Comprehensive and scholarly, it explores influences from history and tradition, learning theory, philosophy, and sociology; introduces validated approaches to design and prioritizing; offers guidelines for assessing documents; and provides a wealth of information on implementation. For teachers of Kindergarten through 12th grade, and other school personnel with classroom curriculum input.
1. Defining “Curriculum” and Recognizing Its Influence on Perception.
2. History and Its Influence on the Curriculum.
3. Society, Learner Characteristics, and Academic Content as Curriculum Influencers.
4. Working with Curriculum Standards.
5. Influences of Philosophy, Learning Theory, and Sociology.
6. People and Roles in Curriculum Work.
7. Design Alternatives and Needs Assessment.
8. Selecting, Organizing, Sequencing, and Prioritizing Content.
9. Documenting Curriculum Decisions.
10. Implementing Curriculum Changes.
11. Evaluating the Curriculum.