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ERIC Number: ED137154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct-15
Pages: 7
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The Reduction Model for Precollege Curriculum Writing.
Rice, Marion J.
A model is presented which is designed to help curriculum developers prepare written pupil curriculum materials in the social studies. Helpful to teachers in presenting complex ideas from the social sciences in a direct and simple manner, the model consists of four major steps. Step I discusses the selection of major ideas and ways of placing them into a discipline framework. Curriculum content selection begins with outcome specification and is followed by the selection of content to achieve that outcome. Step II is an expository presentation of ideas in narrative form to clarify understanding of material. Benefits of this type of presentation are elaboration of the material to be developed, without the need for simplification; opportunity to check coherence and unity of conceptualization; and fuller explanation of the material to the teacher. Step III focuses on the selection of major ideas most critical for children's learning and recommends a review panel to facilitate judgment. Step IV explains how to rewrite curriculum material in a simpler format. Useful pointers for writing smoothly are given on the topics of deletion, syntax, vocabulary simplification, economy of expression, statements of generality and specificity, and content validation. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Guides - General
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