ERIC Number: ED394970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Needs of Kentucky Teachers for Designing Curricula Based on Academic Expectations.
Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV. Policy and Planning Center.
In response to a need expressed by Kentucky teachers for curriculum guides as a very important priority that should be addressed to improve instruction and learning as part of the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA), the study reported here was undertaken. The study investigated the extent to which the state documents and guidelines had been accessible and helpful, processes and products needed to provide teachers a clear understanding of Kentucky's learning goals and academic expectations, desired structure of documents that would provide guidance for curriculum design and development, and information teachers need on assessments. A qualitative research approach was used. A minimum of eight teacher focus group interviews were conducted; interviews were also conducted with Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) staff, including Regional Service Center (RSC) personnel. It was found that teachers and schools are currently at various stages of curriculum alignment, with many only just beginning alignment efforts. Most teachers reported that the materials to which they have access are not particularly user friendly. Teacher training opportunities for curriculum development and alignment were also found to be limited, of mixed quality, and lacking in sufficient time allotment. It was recommended that material distribution to teachers for their use should be made more user friendly and simpler to use; that a better method be found to facilitate and enhance communication between KDE and teachers; that professional development should be more focused and in-depth; and that in materials and training sessions, teachers should be made aware that curriculum alignment involves blending of old and new approaches to the teaching/learning process. Appendices provide: the focus group interview protocol; a list of materials designed for use in curriculum development; and questions for the RSC directors and consultants regarding support for curriculum design. (NAV)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Focus Groups, Instructional Development, Instructional Effectiveness, Interviews, Needs Assessment, Program Evaluation, Secondary School Teachers, State Departments of Education, State Surveys, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Kentucky Inst. for Education Research, Frankfort.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV. Policy and Planning Center.
Identifiers: Kentucky; Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990; Regional Resource Centers
Note: For related documents, see SP 036 685-694.