ERIC Number: ED328512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Art/Music Teachers' Curriculum Deliberations. Elementary Subjects Center Series No. 22.
May, Wanda T.
This paper describes the nature and substance of elementary art/music teachers' curriculum deliberations from several points of view, presenting: (1) an art teacher who initially thought she was wrestling with a discipline problem instead of a curricular problem; (2) a post-observation conversation (instigated by a dissatisfied principal) between a veteran art teacher and a less experienced art teacher; (3) three music teachers engaged in weekly after-school planning sessions of their own design; and (4) 10 art teachers in the institutional context of weekly staff meetings conducted by an art supervisor. The theoretical framework used to describe curriculum deliberation draws from the work of Dewey, Reid, Schwab, and Walker. Schwab's curriculum "commonplaces" (teacher, student, subject matter, and milieu) are used as a framework for analyzing the primary interests expressed in teachers' deliberations and to illustrate the reflexive interplay of these concerns in how teachers frame curriculum problems, make decisions, and act upon these decisions in their practice. Implications for action research, collaborative inquiry, and professional development are raised throughout the paper. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.; Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, East Lansing, MI.
Note: For a related document, see SO 030 490.