ERIC Number: ED041333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-18
Reference Count: 0
Students and the Shaping of the Curriculum.
Wheeler, Burton M.
Whenever the issue of student participation in curriculum reform is raised, the opposition can be expected to express itself in two ways: (1) the rational argument which justifies faculty control in terms of rightness; and (2) entrenchment or keeping control away from the activists. There are costs and risks, as well as potential gains in greater student participation. There are also costs and risks to denying student participation. While defending the prerogatives of the faculty with regard to curriculum planning in the fields of specialized, preprofessional training, students should be involved in working out effective ways of accomplishing the real objectives of liberal education. Reasons for student involvement include: (1) faculty often solve curriculum problems by adding courses; (2) often faculty have no skills for curriculum development; and (3) the experience and insights gained by these students who do help plan will become part of the student culture. Problems that are possible with student planning include: (1) many students feel they cannot change anything around them; (2) students become entrapped in their own organizational patterns; (3) students are anxious for adult approval; and (4) a sense of impermanence hovers over student groups. (KJ)
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Authoring Institution: American Coll. Personnel Association, Washington, DC.; Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO.
Note: Paper presented at the American College Personnel Association Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, March 16-18, 1970