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ERIC Number: ED015188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 5
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GRASS ROOTS CURRICULUM IMPROVEMENT.
SHIELDS, MILDRED B.
THE EXPRESSED DESIRE OF NEWARK LANGUAGE ARTS TEACHERS FOR PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT IN CURRICULUM ASSESSMENT AND SHAPING LED TO THE FRAMING OF A QUESTIONNAIRE TO GIVE TEACHERS A MEANS OF EVALUATING LANGUAGE ARTS PROGRAMS AND OF SUGGESTING IMPROVEMENTS. AN ANALYSIS OF THEIR RESPONSES IDENTIFIED "CLEARLY EMERGING NEEDS" FOR--(1) A SOUND PHILOSOPHY ON WHICH TO BASE THE CONTENT OF LANGUAGE ARTS PROGRAMS, (2) EXPRESSLY-STATED SEQUENTIAL MINIMUM EXPECTANCIES, (3) CAREFULLY CONSIDERED INNOVATIVE PROCEDURES, (4) A PROGRAM OF DEVELOPMENTAL COMPOSITION, (5) SOME PROCEDURE FOR CONTINUING PROGRAM ASSESSMENT AND A SYSTEM OF INTRADISTRICT COMMUNICATION, AND (6) RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IN-SERVICE TRAINING, TEACHING AIDS, AND INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS. THESE NEEDS BECAME THE FOCUS OF A SUMMER WORKSHOP IN WHICH 16 ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY TEACHERS AND FIVE PRINCIPAL-ADVISERS DEVELOPED GUIDELINES OF MINIMUM EXPECTANCIES FOR A SEQUENTIAL LANGUAGE ARTS PROGRAM, GRADES 1-12, BASED UPON A STATE PHILOSOPHY, A CONSIDERATION OF SOCIETAL EFFECTS ON THE ENGLISH CURRICULUM, AND NEW TRENDS IN THE DISCIPLINE. THIRTY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPLEMENTING THESE GUIDELINES INCLUDED ESTABLISHMENT OF A PERMANENT DISTRICT LANGUAGE ARTS COMMITTEE, PROVISION FOR SPECIAL TEACHER WORKDAYS, AND A YEAR-END ASSESSMENT BY TEACHERS OF THEIR UTILIZATION OF THE GUIDELINES. (SEE ALSO TE 000 140.) THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN "DELAWARE ENGLISH JOURNAL," VOL. 2, NO. 1, SPRING 1967. (RD)
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