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ERIC Number: ED425508
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 28
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Designing Curriculum That Responds to the Recent Agenda for Change: Teachers Try the Upside Down Tree.
Solomon, Pearl Gold; Wyatt-Ortiz, Libby; Goldman, Nancy
The Upside Down Tree Design (UDT) shows how teachers can use curriculum planning to improve academic standards. UDT employs the "design down" approach, where the design of the curriculum is arranged down from the general to the specific, but the delivery of the curriculum is presented up from specific to the general. The text explores the need for bringing a comprehensive-design process to clarify planned school curriculums and discusses ways to help teachers learn to achieve this clarity. It describes a model, Project McExtend, in which 130 teachers from 9 school districts, as well as college faculty, were recruited for an interdistrict curriculum writing project that addressed new state standards in math, science, and technology. Results show that teachers do not view themselves as curriculum developers; instead, they see their textbooks and state guides as the curriculum. Teachers expressed the desire for common specific skill training at their own grade level and for the technology to implement the UDT design. One problem was that before they could master the design-down process, they had to unlearn previously learned design-up constructs. (Contains 12 references, 6 tables, and 3 figures.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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