ERIC Number: ED042254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
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Towards an Empirically Based Curriculum Theory: A Guide for Research.
Vickery, Tom Rusk; Hudspeth, DeLayne R.
Theories are useful in predicting events and exploring alternatives only to the extent they accurately describe existing states of affairs. The development of a curriculum theory with predictive and exploratory power depends on accurately describing decision-making systems that result in curriculum -- however curriculum is defined. Three approaches to establishing this empirical base for curriculum theory are discussed: (1) "policy-capturing," a simulation of decision-making processes by means of a regression model; (2) studying decision making as a social influence system; and (3) exploring decision making in terms of information processing or communications systems. The discussion specifies objectives behaviorally, quantifies variables in the decision-making process, and determines the appropriate units of measure for certain qualitative variables. (Page three may reproduce poorly because of marginal legibility). (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 2-6, 1970)