ERIC Number: ED244788
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
What Do Curriculum Developers Do?
Peretz, Miriam Ben; Tamir, Pinchas
This study was designed to analyze the process of curriculum development adopted by developers in language arts, biology, and geography, in a centralized educational system. Specific objectives were to identify naturalistic models of curriculum development used in curriculum projects in Israel; point out relationships between contextual factors (such as location of development teams in universities or in the Ministry of Education) and the characteristics of the development process; and uncover elements of the personal, practical knowledge of the participants in the development process. Among the findings reported and discussed are those indicating that: (1) the average time of development of a project was 3 to 5 years; (2) almost all projects have engaged in formative evaluation; (3) all projects were funded by the Ministry of Education; and (4) although organizational characteristics of individual projects varied, several modes of operation could be identified. For example, two modes of cooperation and interaction (group interaction and linear mode of team work) were identified across all projects. One conclusion reported from analyses of the curriculum projects and from interviews with the curriculum developers is that there is not one naturalistic model of development; every project examined has its own special blend of characteristics. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Israel; Science Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April, 1984). Study supported by the Aran Foundation for Educational Research.