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ERIC Number: ED013805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Sep
Pages: 117
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Reference Count: 0
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A CURRICULUM STUDY CENTER IN ENGLISH. FINAL REPORT.
OLSON, PAUL A.
THE NEBRASKA CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT CENTER (NCDC) ENDEAVORED TO CREATE AN INTEGRATED CURRICULUM IN ENGLISH FOR KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 13 BASED UPON LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, AND COMPOSITION. THE NCDC RECRUITED A CROSS-SECTION OF THE SCHOLARLY AND SCHOOL COMMUNITY TO DEVELOP, TEST, AND EVALUATE THIS CURRICULUM, AND TO CONDUCT RESEARCH AND DEVISE MATERIALS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS--(1) CLASSICAL RHETORIC, (2) THE POSSIBILITY OF FORMULATING A NEW RHETORIC, (3) THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE TEACHING OF COMPOSITION TO THE STUDY OF STRUCTURAL AND TRANSFORMATIONAL GRAMMAR, (4) THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE CLOSE READING OF LITERATURE TO THE TEACHING OF COMPOSITION, (5) CRITERIA AND TESTS FOR MEASURING EXCELLENCE IN COMPOSITION, (6) LEVELS OF STUDENT MATURITY AT WHICH BASIC COMPOSITION "HABITS" ARE FORMED, AND (7) CRITERIA FOR THE CORRECTION OF THEMES. THE PROGRAM WHICH WAS CREATED IS A SPIRAL CURRICULUM BASED UPON LANGUAGE-AND-COMPOSITION AND LITERATURE-AND-COMPOSITION UNITS FOR KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12. IT IS DESIGNED TO DEVELOP AN UNDERSTANDING OF BASIC CONCEPTS IN INCREASINGLY GREATER DEPTH YEAR BY YEAR. THE ELEMENTARY CURRICULUM EMPHASIZES THE STUDY OF LITERATURE, OFTEN READ ORALLY, INCLUDING RELATED WORK IN LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION. AT THE SECONDARY LEVEL, THE EMPHASIS SHIFTS FROM THE ORAL TO THE WRITTEN, AND IS ON THE STUDY OF BOTH LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE AND WHAT CAN BE LEARNED ABOUT WRITING FROM SUCH STUDIES. RESULTS OF AN EVALUATION OF THE ELEMENTARY PROGRAM ARE ENCOURAGING. HOWEVER, MORE EXTENSIVE STUDIES IN BOTH THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL ARE NEEDED. (A MAJOR PORTION OF THE REPORT PRESENTS AN OVERVIEW OF THE ENTIRE NEBRASKA ENGLISH CURRICULUM.) (JB)
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Authoring Institution: Nebraska Univ., Lincoln. Curriculum Development Center.
Identifiers: NEBRASKA CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT CENTER