ERIC Number: ED343208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
The Administrator's Role in Participatory Curriculum Development.
Bratt, S. J.
Effective curriculum implementation depends on how closely the teacher's beliefs, knowledge, and skills match curricular philosophy and demands. Curriculum designers should be a group of teachers who will be implementing the plan for learning. Astute administrative guidance is the key to ensuring a quality product. The administrator's role is as master planner, facilitator, and guide; administrator responsibilities include initiating and nurturing the process. Initial administrative tasks include reviewing relevant literature and gathering, selecting, organizing, and disseminating information about assumptions; philosophy; curriculum models and documents; national, state, and institutional goal statements; trends; and future projections of social, economic, and environmental conditions. The administrator facilitates individual and interactive processes such as nominal group methods, brainstorming, roundtable discussion, debate, and cooperative learning strategies to ensure a product reflecting current research and participants' expertise and beliefs. The administrator uses various interactive strategies to guide participants through the master plan design process and through development of a curriculum model, belief statements, program goals, unit and lesson plans, assessment, and revision. The administrator also facilitates and guides the processes of generating ideas and selecting, reviewing, revising, and reaching consensus. Besides producing a quality curriculum, an expertly guided process helps participants grow professionally, promotes internalization of group beliefs, and encourages the sharing of knowledge and strategies. (MLH)
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