ERIC Number: ED512189
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
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Case Studies in Elementary and Secondary Curriculum
Boboc, Marius; Nordgren, R. D.
SAGE Publications (CA)
Practical and engaging, this book contains 21 case studies that help students apply curriculum theory to classroom reality. Each case is authored by an in-service teacher, reflecting on ways to improve instruction by making changes to various aspects of the curriculum. These real-life examples investigate up-to-date curricular issues ranging from accountability in education to curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation, school reform, pedagogy, and decision making in diverse educational settings. Key features of this book are: (1) Consistent formatting--Each case follows the same structure and includes proposed/actual solutions and expected/observed outcomes, allowing readers to compare their solutions to those in the text- leading to reflective, data-driven decision making; (2) Points to Ponder--Open-ended questions invite readers to further elaborate on how the solution proposed by the practitioner may impact additional curricular levels; and (3) Text Boxes--Brief background information related to each cases provides a context for analysis. Contents of this book include: (1) Bringing Diversity Into a Less Diverse Environment; (2) Bringing Calculus to Life: Hands-on Learning in a New Sequence of Courses; (3) Meeting the Individual Needs of Each Student at an Alternative High School; (4) Using Assessment and Student Interest Data to Inform Differentiated Instruction in an Inclusive Classroom; (5) Motivating Students to Learn in a Peer-Supported School Environment; (6) Authentic Audience and Affective Learning in a Gifted and Talented Middle School Program; (7) "Discovery Math": From Professional Development to Classroom Practice; (8) Student Understandings as a Basis for Motivation and Participation in a Severe Emotional Disturbance/Severe Behavioral Handicap High School Classroom; (9) Meeting Student Learning Requirements by Means of an Improved Writing-Across-Curriculum Program; (10) Student Portfolios and Authentic Assessment in a Diverse Multiage Preschool Classroom; (11) Skill Building in Elementary Math: Between Remediation and Academic Promotion; (12) Prevention Programs as Means to Teach Social Skills in Elementary School; (13) Educating the Community About a Needed Levy Increase: The Teacher as a Political Activist; (14) The Mandated Curriculum Meeting the Needs of Teachers and Their Favored Practices; (15) Balancing Data-driven Decision Making and Shifting Paradigms in a New Elementary Math Curriculum; (16) Professional Development That Works, Please!; (17) Using Curriculum Relevance to Motivate Students; (18) The Integration of Autistic Classes Into the Physical Education Curriculum; (19) Developing a Literacy Program for Children With Learning Disabilities; (20) My Students Can't Write, and I'm Forced to Use a Curriculum That Doesn't Help Them Learn How; and (21) Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners and the Mandates of Accountability Without Compromising. This book also contains: (1) Preface; (2) Acknowledgments; (3) Case Study Matrix; (4) Glossary; (5) Index; and (6) About the Author.
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Design, School Activities, Curriculum Implementation, Emotional Disturbances, Performance Based Assessment, Learning Disabilities, Elementary School Curriculum, Secondary School Curriculum, Case Studies, Instructional Improvement, Calculus, Individualized Instruction, Data, Student Interests, Educational Assessment, Inclusive Schools, Student Motivation, Nontraditional Education, Academically Gifted, Mathematics Instruction, Behavior Disorders, Special Education, Special Needs Students, Writing Across the Curriculum, Portfolio Assessment, Prevention, Social Development, Teacher Role, Decision Making, Mathematics Curriculum, Inservice Teacher Education, Autism, Physical Education, Literacy, Mixed Age Grouping, Writing Difficulties, Writing Instruction
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools; Preschool Education; Secondary Education
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