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ERIC Number: ED017737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Nov
Pages: 12
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DESIGNING AN ORGANIC CURRICULUM.
BUSHNELL, DAVID S.; MORGAN, ROBERT M.
THE PROBLEMS AND SHORTCOMINGS ASSOCIATED WITH OUR PRESENT-DAY PROGRAM OF EDUCATION INDICATE A NEED FOR RADICALLY MODIFYING THE SYSTEM IN ORDER TO DESIGN AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM WHICH WILL BE RESPONSIVE TO THE PRESENT-DAY NEEDS OF STUDENTS. THE DESIRED PROGRAM SHOULD PERMIT THE MAXIMUM SELF-ACTUALIZATION OF EACH INDIVIDUAL AND ALLOW HIM TO DECIDE WHICH OPTION TO CHOOSE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION, NOT BEFORE. THE FIRST STEP IN BUILDING SUCH A STUDENT-CENTERED, ORGANIC CURRICULUM WOULD BE TO DETERMINE SPECIFIC AND MEASURABLE BEHAVIORAL ATTAINMENTS NEEDED FOR ENTRY INTO A VARIETY OF POST-HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AND TO DESCRIBE LEARNING EXPERIENCES WHICH WOULD LEAD TO THE DESIRED BEHAVIORAL OUTCOMES. THE PROGRAM WOULD INCLUDE ACADEMIC AND OCCUPATIONAL TRAINING, PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, REAL WORK EXPERIENCE, PERSONAL AND VOCATIONAL COUNSELING, AND SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES. THE INTEGRATION AND INTERACTION OF THESE COMPONENTS WOULD BE A RESULT OF CAREFUL SYSTEMS DESIGN. THE CURRICULUM WOULD BE LEARNER-ORIENTED, AND EACH ACTIVITY WOULD RELATE LOGICALLY TO ALL OTHER ACTIVITIES AND LEAD TO THE EFFICIENT ATTAINMENT OF BEHAVIORAL GOALS. AN ORGANIC CURRICULUM WOULD NECESSARILY HAVE TO BE INTERESTING, CHALLENGING, AND MOTIVATING TO EACH STUDENT. IT WOULD UTILIZE APPROPRIATE SELF-POSED AND SELF-INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND MAXIMALLY ACCOMMODATE INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES IN LEARNING RATE. IT SHOULD BE DESIGNED SO EACH STUDENT WILL SUCCEED, AND YET IT SHOULD BE RIGOROUS IN LEVEL AND CONTENT. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS IN CURRICULUM HAVE BEEN SMALL AND FRAGMENTED TO DATE, AND A MASSIVE RESEARCH EFFORT WILL BE REQUIRED TO DEVELOP AND VALIDATE AN ORGANIC CURRICULUM. (BS)
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