ERIC Number: ED351952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Choices and the Issue of Quality in the Design of Text-Based Core Programs.
Sudermann, David P.
This paper describes certain fundamental realities and choices that planners and teachers of core curricula at the college level must take into account in order to devise programs of quality and integrity. Six common sense realities and the choices they demand are presented and discussed. First, core programs must avoid reducing the teaching and learning process to the level of content while ignoring the inquirers and the means of inquiry. Second, a comprehensive core design holds in mind the function of each of many components while linking them together into a unit. Third, a philosophy of the core program being created needs to be developed to guide decision making through a set of coherent and compelling principles. Fourth, planning and teaching a core curriculum should be accepted as a scholarly project of the highest, most demanding order, requiring thoughtful inquiry, systematic research, reflection on method, and clear expression. Fifth, it must be accepted by academic deans and others that building a core curriculum requires great effort and time on the part of administration and staff. Sixth, educational quality should not be sacrificed by restricting the core programs too greatly (for example, to less than six semester courses) or bloating the program to the point where it becomes unworkable, thus sacrificing educational quality. (GLR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
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