ERIC Number: ED241406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Student Involvement in Curriculum Development: A Different View.
Webb, Clark; And Others
The productive involvement of students in curriculum development can lead to greater student interest in and satisfaction with learning. The dominant view in education today is that students are disruptive agents in the learning process, liable to interrupt teaching for their own purposes. This view results in a learning environment where the teacher lectures or students prepare written assignments. An opposite view is that students are agents that can and must modify lesson content according to their own predilections, perceptions, and attitudes. These two views represent the endpoints of a continuum on which teachers take varying viewpoints and shifting positions. Research has shown that students prefer classroom activities that require their active involvement. Given this, it should be the role of the teacher to facilitate the positive participation of the students as curriculum developers to such an extent that the students become lifelong learners, able to use their minds to think, explore, analyze, and evaluate the instruction they receive. (LP)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Curriculum Development, Educational Practices, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Educational Theories, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Learning Activities, Learning Theories, Student Experience, Student Interests, Student Motivation, Student Participation, Student Reaction, Student Teacher Relationship, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (1st, Jackson Hole, WY, October 13-15, 1983).