ERIC Number: ED027613
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb-7
Reference Count: 0
Studies of Big City School Systems: A Comparative Analysis of Methodologies--Curriculum.
Passow, A. Harry
Methodologies used in studies dealing with curriculum in four big-city school systems (Washington, D.C., Columbus, Detroit, and Cincinnati) are compared. The Washington study receives the most attention. The comparison is somewhat hampered by lack of detail about what was done and the techniques and instruments used. All four studies imply that curriculum and the instructional process consist of many components other than course offerings, and all rely on descriptions of students, teachers, syllabi, prescribed curricula, and materials. Little was done to analyze the interactions and relationships among the various elements of the instructional system. Each study presumes that curricular changes, improvement, and upgrading can all be generated within the present system. None of the surveys recommended a radical reconstruction that would result in totally new programs, new support systems, or use of new personnel or material resources. Finally, although the studies suggested directions for change, they neglected the sequencing and timing of steps to implement these recommendations. A survey using a PERT approach is suggested to help overcome this latter limitation. (HW)
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Identifiers: Columbus; District of Columbia; Michigan (Detroit); Ohio (Cincinnati); Washington
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Amer. Educ. Res. Assn. (Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 7, 1969).