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50 Years of ERIC
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ERIC Number: ED020429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 24
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STRUCTURE AND CONTENT FOUNDATIONS FOR CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT.
DEVORE, PAUL W.
IT IS PROPOSED THAT AN INDUSTRIAL ARTS CURRICULUM BE BASED ON THE CONCEPT OF MAN AS A CREATOR OF TECHNOLOGY. TECHNOLOGY IS A MAJOR AMERICAN SOCIETAL BASE INVOLVING PRACTICALLY ALL CITIZENS AND SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED AS A DISCIPLINE TO ELIMINATE CONFUSION AND LACK OF DIRECTION IN THE CURRICULUM. A MACROTECHNOLOGICAL ANALYSIS IDENTIFYING A UNIVERSE OF CONTENT WHICH IS IN KEEPING WITH THE PRINCIPLES OF DISCIPLINE STRUCTURES AND GENERAL EDUCATION IS OFFERED AS A MEANS OF DEFINING A TAXONOMY TO SERVE CURRICULUM PLANNING. A TAXONOMY OF TECHNOLOGY CONSISTS OF BOTH TECHNICAL AND CULTURAL-SOCIAL ELEMENTS WITH THE MAJOR TECHNICAL AREAS BEING PRODUCTION, COMMUNICATION, AND TRANSPORTATION WHICH MEET TAXONOMETRIC SELECTION CRITERIA INCLUDING THAT OF UNIVERSALISM. ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES INDICATE 10 LEVELS OF SPECIFICITY IN THE PROPOSED TAXONOMY. MAJOR STEPS IN CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, UTILIZING THE TAXONOMY AS A CONTEXT RESERVOIR, ARE TO ESTABLISH THE TAXONOMY, THE BASIC CONCEPTS AND PRINCIPLES, UNITS OF CONTENT INSTRUCTION BASED ON ANALYSES OF CONCEPTS AND PRINCIPLES, AND COURSES OF STUDY BY GROUPING LOGICAL COMBINATIONS OF INSTRUCTIONAL UNITS. SOME ADVANTAGES OF THIS APPROACH ARE THAT (1) CONTENT SELECTION CRITERIA ARE PROVIDED, (2) FLEXIBILITY, ADATABILITY, AND INTERNAL CONSISTENCY ARE INTRINSIC, (3) PROGRAMS RATHER THAN ISOLATED COURSES ARE POSSIBLE, (4) TEACHER COMPETENCY CAN BE INCREASED THROUGH SPECIALIZATION, AND (5) A BASE IS PROVIDED FOR LIFETIME STUDY AND PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTION BY TEACHERS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE PROFESSION, THROUGH THE AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION, ESTABLISH A PERMANENT COMMITTEE FOR DERIVING A TAXONOMETRIC STRUCTURE FOR THE INDUSTRIAL ARTS. THIS DOCUMENT IS AVAILABLE FOR 90 CENTS FROM AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, 1201 SIXTEENTH STREET, N.W., WASHINGTON, D.C. 20036. (EM)
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Authoring Institution: American Industrial Arts Association, Washington, DC.
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