ERIC Number: ED207213
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Curriculum Development: A Function of Design and Leadership.
Christensen, Douglas D.
The Executive Review, v1 n3 Dec 1980
Three conditions have led to the current state of curriculum development: a lack of accurate conceptualization of and general consensus on the major constructs of curriculum development, a lack of leadership among educators to engender effective curriculum design, and a lack of specification in the roles of superintendents and principals who must assume leadership roles. The interrelationships among curriculum, instruction, teaching, and learning are less integrated and sequential in practice than in theoretical models. Some instructional programs, such as teaching about good citizenship, frequently have no basis in curriculum and are not contained within its boundaries. Curriculum plans can reduce the variance in the curriculum actually experienced by students and can demonstrate consideration of diverse learner differences, but they also require management plans for their accomplishment. The role of leadership in curriculum design is critical and includes the responsibility for effecting the achievement of specified student outcomes. (Author/WD)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership Responsibility, Outcomes of Education
Institute for School Executives, 210 Limdquist Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City. Inst. for School Executives.