ERIC Number: ED470875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
A Comprehensive Approach to Curriculum Development.
Rosenthal, Lisa; Michaelson, Andrea
This paper addresses how educators can encourage elementary-age children to develop critical thinking skills and creativity while also meeting educational standards and maintaining learning goals. The paper notes that a comprehensive curriculum: (1) honors the role of all participantsteachers, children, and parents; (2) engages children in long-term projects and in-depth study; (3) offers opportunities for children to communicate their thinking using a variety of media; and (4) provides a fertile learning environment. The elements of practice used to meet these goals are then described: (1) identifying skills, concepts, and methodology; (2) rich environments and resources; (3) firsthand experiences; (4) representation; (5) discussion and revision; (6) systematic instruction; (7) inquiry/research; and (8) assessment. (Author/HTH)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Parent Role, Student Needs, Student Role, Teacher Role
For full text: http://ericeece.org/pubs/books/katzsym/rosenthal.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Issues in Early Childhood Education: Curriculum, Teacher Education, & Dissemination of Information. Proceedings of the Lilian Katz Symposium (Champaign, IL, November 5-7, 2000); see PS 030 740. Produced with Laura Weishaupt. Photographs may not reproduce well.