ERIC Number: ED119297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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The Individual as the Focus in Curriculum Development.
Beegle, Charles W.; Ashbaugh, Carl R.
A hard-headed look at the current condition of postindustrial man justifies the view that curriculum developers must function from standpoints different than those hitherto employed. An understanding of technology alone cannot develop the whole man. The contemporary problems of a pluralistic, postindustrial society cannot be solved within the present context of our societal institutions. Ross Mooney's Life System Model provides a meaningful framework to bring order out of the contemporary dilemma. The key functions of the Life System Model are"an organism, open and integrative, in continuous give-and-take with the environment, effecting transformations through selective fittings." The model portrays the dynamic and reciprocal qualities employed by every organism interacting with its environmental context. Curriculum development should also reflect that humans have being only as they maintain themselves in an environmental setting. Curriculum developers can no longer behave as though the school was outside the mainstream of life. The demands of the culture and needs of the individual must be the starting point in curriculum development. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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