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ERIC Number: ED078407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 298
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Dilemma of Choice: Revolution in English Curricula, 1958-1968.
Donlan, Daniel Mahaney
This study of curricula for English programs from 1958-1968 reviewed both secondary and primary sources, including personal interviews, solicited correspondence, unpublished material, and curriculum guides. Three somewhat conflicting models emerged from the study: (1) the content-centered approach, emphasizing the study of language, literature, and communication skills, and producing sequenced instructional units; (2) the student-centered model, emphasizing students' affective development, generally producing curriculum guidelines but no prescribed instructional units; and (3) the elective-centered model, emphasizing a nongraded elective program (either student- or content-centered) that students may help design, elect to take, and evaluate. These three models present, the authors argue, a dilemma for teachers which can be solved by regarding curriculum as process first, and product second. Regarded in this way, curriculum development could be a process involving an eclectic mix of these three models, open to revision, and responsible to all those involved in the educational process. (Author/DI)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Stanford University