ERIC Number: ED196324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Curriculum Development in State Supported Senior Colleges and Universities: The "State-of-the-Art" as Viewed by the Academic Affairs Officer.
Johnson, Glenn Ross
Views of academic affairs officers in U.S. state-supported senior colleges and universities concerning curriculum development were surveyed. A random sample of 217 state institutions listed in the 1979-80 "Education Directory for Colleges and Universities" participated. Respondents rated 19 questions on a Likert-type scale. Based on the findings it is concluded that: (1) a conceptual or theoretical framework is necessary to guide curriculum efforts; (2) courses should be experimentally tested prior to full implementation; (3) a needs assessment should be conducted as a major early step in any curriculum effort; (4) a variety of relevant learning experiences should be provided to the students; (5) a greater effort must be made to develop more individualized learning; (6) instructors should learn a variety of teaching techniques; (7) faculty need assistance in how to close the gap between valuing individual differences and doing something with those differences; (8) diagnostic testing should take place early in a course so corrective measures can be employed; (9) time, consultants, inservice programs, and financial resources should be provided to the faculty to benefit the curriculum; and (10) those responsible for the curriculum need to develop systematic plans prior to pursuing their efforts. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Deans, Administrator Attitudes, College Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Planning, Higher Education, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Development, Needs Assessment, School Surveys, State Colleges, Teaching Methods, Upper Division Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Coll. of Education.