ERIC Number: ED383069
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Creating a Curriculum That Works: A Guide to Outcomes-Centered Curriculum Decision-Making.
Ozar, Lorraine A.
This book offers an approach to curriculum decision making aimed at helping Catholic schools become or remain values-based, learning-centered communities for the 21st century. The outcomes-based approach argues that educators have three primary responsibilities--identify what is the significant learning, design valid ways for students to demonstrate that learning, and find ways to help that learning occur more effectively. The book is designed to promote an understanding of the three essential pieces of a learning-centered curriculum--outcomes, assessments, and strategies. Following the introduction and the foreword, chapter 2 defines key terms. Chapters 3 through 10 expand on the eight principles of the outcomes-centered curriculum decision-making approach: (1) shift the focus from inputs to outputs; (2) write specific learning outcomes (objectives) for each educational goal; (3) choose a set of outcomes that integrate both the values-integration and discipline-specific planes; (4) design a match among outcomes, assessments, and strategies; (5) develop a written curriculum that supports the match; (6) design valid assessments; (7) utilize teaching strategies that respect the natural functioning of the brain; and (8) address religious education and values formation in the curriculum. Chapter 11 describes the outcomes-centered curriculum as part of the systemic growth-reform cycle. Seventy-nine figures are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Accountability, Catholic Educators, Catholic Schools, Competence, Competency Based Education, Curriculum Design, Decision Making, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Strategies, Student Evaluation, Values Education
National Catholic Education Association, 1077 30th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20007-3852.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.