ERIC Number: ED180212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Developing Foreign Language Curriculum in the Total School Setting: The Macro-Picture. The ACTFL Foreign Language Education Series, Vol. 10.
Zais, Robert S.
Four broad questions are addressed in this consideration of foreign language study in the total school setting. The first part deals with the broad perspective that is needed in order to integrate the educational enterprise and to form a community of educators each with a special contribution to make. Some considerations relevant to this question are the moral nature of all education, the mission of the school, and liberal education. A broad perspective and a framework of ethical principles are ingredients in an intelligent decision-making process based on a thorough knowledge of variables operating in the environment and leading toward a more open organizational climate. Accordingly, the second question addressed is an understanding of the workings of organizational systems and use of this knowledge in daily decision making. The discussion identifies and explores four basic characteristics of school organizations, namely, formal and informal structures, bureaucracy, politics, and organizational climate. With the preceding notions as background, the discussion moves to a consideration of the efficacy of current practices in school organizations. Finally, in the context of the initiation of the process of change, the humanizing influence foreign language personnel can bring to the process is explored. (AMH)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Change Strategies, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Human Relations, Humanistic Education, Humanization, Institutional Characteristics, Language Instruction, Modern Language Curriculum, Organizational Change, Organizational Climate, Organizational Effectiveness, School Organization, Schools, Second Language Learning
Not available separately; See FL 010 779
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York, NY.