ERIC Number: ED422284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
The Curriculum Bridge: From Standards to Actual Classroom Practice.
Solomon, Pearl G.
This book translates national and state standards into ideas from which teachers can build a workable learning program, clarifying the current language of standards and assessment and helping teachers identify how those standards and assessments can work in their schools or districts. Chapter 1 discusses recent history that has created the current public interest in education and the trend toward adopting a common core of high standards for student achievement. Chapter 2 explores influences and controls that affect teachers' values, effectiveness, and choices, examining whether new standards are necessary. This chapter also addresses the underlying struggle in this country for control of public education. Chapter 3 discusses what is known about the learning process, emphasizing constructivism, intelligence theories, and information processors, measuring cognitive ability, and connecting research to practice. Chapter 4 discusses choosing standards and designing them down, highlighting curriculum enactment, and providing a template for action. Chapter 5 examines how to construct creative classrooms, focusing on setting parameters for grouping students, and using time, space, and material props. Chapter 6 compares how traditional and alternative assessments are used to evaluate students to help understand how teachers are doing. Chapter 7 discusses ways to increase the potential return on students' education, examining possible reasons for the failure of the present systems of teacher professional development. This chapter also examines how technology can help improve future student and teacher learning processes. (Contains approximately 200 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Alternative Assessment, Computer Uses in Education, Constructivism (Learning), Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Public Education, Student Evaluation, Teachers
Corwin Press, Inc., A Sage Publications Company, 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218; World Wide Web: http://www.corwinpress.com (paper $21.95, cloth $49.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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