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ERIC Number: ED412639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-27
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
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An Analysis of Curriculum Decision-Making in Moral Curriculum Development in Taiwan.
Wang, Chien-Lung
In Taiwan, the moral curriculum has been part of the elementary school curriculum for decades. The 1993 edition of the Taiwan curriculum standard has a new subject titled "Morality and Health" that integrates previous "Life and Ethics" and "Healthy Education" subjects. This study explored the curriculum-development process based on the standard, focusing on how members of the curriculum-development group make sense of the standard and what their conception of the real moral curriculum is. The curriculum committee and the editing group of the Taiwan Provincial Institute for Elementary School Teachers' Inservice Education (IEST) consisted of three experts on moral curriculum, one psychologist, one expert on curriculum development, one elementary school principal for the curriculum committee, and three IEST research fellows and three elementary school teachers in the editing group. Observation and interviews revealed that the decision-making process for this combined group was an interactive process that could be divided into two stages. The first was that of initial planning by the editing group and its teacher members, followed by final decisions by the entire group. Defining content, considering the importance of children's experience, and recognizing traditional Taiwanese culture were important considerations for the group. Developing textbook content was another essential concern. Although the rationale of the moral content framework advocated in the curriculum standard remained somewhat unclear, there was clear consensus among the curriculum developers that the content of the moral curriculum should center around children's life experiences. An attachment summarizes the work of the curriculum-development committee. (Contains 16 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan