ERIC Number: ED269877
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Local Models of the Curriculum Planning Process for Secondary English: A Descriptive Study.
Weaver, Patricia A.
This study examined curriculum procedures and the roles, decision-making processes, and perceptions of central administrators, building administrators, and teachers in five school districts. Qualitative data collection included taped interviews using a focused indepth interview schedule, field notes, observation, and document collection. The study of the curriculum processes in each district resulted in the development of a five-step curriculum model: preplanning, planning, writing, implementation, and revision. Naturalistic models developed in each district as the curriculum was affected by various influences. The findings suggest that a school district's environment has definite effects on the curriculum process and that an influential person is needed to monitor all stages of the procedure. The findings also indicate that, despite a strong move toward centralization of the curriculum as a result of state mandates, teachers will derive a sense of satisfaction and "ownership" of curriculum documents only to the extent that they participate in curriculum planning and writing. A bibliography that includes books, articles, reports, and conference papers is appended. (Author/TE)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Core Curriculum, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Educational Planning, English Curriculum, Models, Participative Decision Making, School Organization, School Supervision, Secondary Education, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Influence, Teacher Participation
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (70th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).