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ERIC Number: ED188571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Problems of Curriculum Design in Higher Education: A Discourse and Dialogue in Three Parts.
Toombs, William
The areas of educational programs, their design and operation, their intellectual base, and their philosophic presumptions are examined. Part One discusses the nature of academic programs in colleges and universities: influences, purposes, and priorities; and the concept of curriculum and its origins, definition, and design. It is proposed that curriculum be approached as a problem in design rather than theory. Part Two presents three fundamental paradigms in the design of academic programs: (1) the traditional-academic curricula; (2) the social interaction-human service curriculum; and (3) the applied knowledge-socialization curriculum. Part Three proposes a technical approach to curriculum analysis, with design as a basis for analysis and planning. A "map" for design is given, comprehending content, context, and form as basic elements. This overall approach is considered unusual in that it does not look at curriculum first from a philosophical position, and then practically. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at a professional meeting (Caracas, Venezuela, May 1980). Contains some light print.