ERIC Number: ED542618
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1938
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Courses of Study and Other Curriculum Materials Published since 1934. Bulletin, 1937, No. 31
Leary, Bernice E.
Office of Education, United States Department of the Interior
This study is sixth in a series of surveys of courses of study reported at intervals during the past 15 years by the Office of Education. In the main, the earlier publications consisted of lists of courses filed in the library for the use of curriculum makers and research workers in education. The present study is concerned with an analysis of the materials which are now on file in the library of the Office of Education. The purpose of the study is to determine current practices in curriculum construction as revealed through courses of study, and to discover current tendencies within the content of the courses themselves among various subject fields. It aims to answer such questions as the following: (1) What agencies are responsible for the construction and revision of recent courses of study? (2) What basic principles or underlying philosophies toward education are presented? (3) What is the nature of recent aims and objectives? (4) How are courses of study organized with respect to grades and subjects? (5) What kinds of materials and learning experiences are suggested? (6) To what extent do the learning experiences appear to meet community needs and interests? (7) What provisions are made for adapting courses of study to the needs, interests, and capacities of individual pupils? (8) How are methods and procedures related to the content and organization of courses of study? (9) What suggestions are made for measuring the outcomes of instruction? and (10) How generally may courses in the different subject fields be interpreted as functional? In answering these questions, State, city, and county courses are considered separately, and illustrations drawn from each of the three types of school systems. Data of elementary and secondary schools, on the other hand, are not differentiated, although illustrative practices are cited from both levels. It is the purpose of part II of this report to give a general survey of all curriculum materials in the current collection, regardless of their nature and scope. Part III presents the findings obtained by a detailed analysis of 1,262 pieces of curriculum material which justify designation as courses of study. A classified directory of courses of study and other curriculum materials appears in part IV. An index to courses of study is included. (Contains 21 tables and 12 footnotes.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Educational History, Course Descriptions, Curriculum Guides, Curriculum Research, Instructional Materials, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Elementary School Curriculum, Secondary School Curriculum, Intellectual Disciplines, Educational Trends, Agencies, Educational Philosophy, Educational Principles, Learning Activities, Outcome Measures, Alignment (Education), Individual Differences, Teaching Methods, Urban Schools, County School Districts, State Programs, Community Needs, Instructional Program Divisions, Measurement, Educational Practices, Educational Policy, Educational Objectives, Directories
Office of Education, United States Department of the Interior.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Intermediate Grades; Junior High Schools; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: United States Department of the Interior, Office of Education (ED)