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ERIC Number: ED353337
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 48
Abstractor: N/A
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An Issues-Based Research Project: National Goals on Trial.
DeVille, Priscilla; And Others
This paper summarizes the results of a research project completed by three doctoral students enrolled in an advanced curriculum development course at the University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg). The students used a mock trial format to consider reasons to support establishment of a national curriculum (concerning the American public's negative attitude toward the current quality of public education, the promotion of healthy economics, the development of national cohesion, and improved academic achievement) and reasons to oppose establishment of a national curriculum (concerning local control and empowerment, cultural diversity, economics, standardized tests, and potential obstacles). The instructional strategy used in the students' graduate class to effectively deal with issue-based topics in curriculum development is described. The instructor and students present their individual perspectives. The results suggest that until there is a general consensus about the purpose of schools and until this purpose is articulated in a way that is consistent with the conditions of an emerging information-based post-industrial society, substantial improvement in schools' performance is unlikely. Educational leaders must think of themselves as leading and working in knowledge-work organizations. Included are 36 references. Appendices provide a sample evaluation form used to rate class presentations and the research project agenda. (RLC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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