ERIC Number: ED212610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
A Handbook of Ideas for Curriculum Improvement.
Iowa State Dept. of Public Instruction, Des Moines.
This booklet presents a model for changing an elementary and secondary school curriculum. In the first section, forms and resources are provided for analyzing change at the local level. The second section offers the following step-by-step guidelines for curriculum development: (1) identify components of the existing curriculum; (2) focus on skills and content which are related to the stated problem or concern; (3) identify gaps and overlaps in the area chosen for improvement; (4) create objectives; (5) list all grade level objectives related to the stated problem or concern; (6) determine the distance between what is and what has been suggested, make recommendations, and search for solutions; (7) develop, adapt, and select learning activities to meet objectives listed for each grade level; and (8) identify ways in which all courses on one grade level can be supportive of the listed objectives. Accompanying discussions of each of these steps are forms that may be filled out to clarify thinking on that topic. Brief instructions are given for implementing and evaluating the plans for change. The third section of the booklet presents basic principles for the involvement of faculty members in change procedures through staff development and inservice experiences. Included in this section are discussions of involvement and commitment on the part of teachers and administrators. Sample planning forms are presented, as well as an inservice evaluation form. Appended are a statement on the essentials of education, a checklist for basic skills instruction, and a list of ways in which students can be helped to learn. (JD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Public Instruction, Des Moines.