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ERIC Number: ED221938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Process of Curriculum Development: An Overview of Research.
Heller, Mary F.
The literature on the evaluation of curriculum development reveals several characteristics of curriculum planning and implementation processes that are likely to facilitate change. Part 1 of this two-part report presents the results of an analysis of 34 documents, available through the ERIC system, on curricular development. Each of several factors involved in successful curricular development (including curriculum planning, the roles played by individuals in the process, the classroom environment, the curriculum change concerned, and the evaluation strategy) is broken down into several topic areas, and the documents addressing these topics are identified. From this review the author concludes that successful innovations involve child-centered, individualized curricula as well as teachers as primary "change agents," continuous parent and community involvement, inservice activities building teacher competencies, basic skills and career awareness components, systematic planning for change, awareness of staff roles, and good evaluation and monitoring systems. Part 2 of the report offers a linear process model, based particularly on the work of Ronald Doll, for defining collective and individual roles in the curriculum development process. Special attention is paid to the role played by the central office staff. Relevant documents from the 34 listed are again noted. (PGD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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