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ERIC Number: EJ1177477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0726-416X
Participatory Curriculum Planning: Students' Perceptions
Abdelmalak, Mariam
Curriculum and Teaching, v30 n1 p67-84 2015
The purpose of this case study was to understand students' perceptions of their participation in planning the course curriculum. The data collection sources included interviews of six volunteer graduate students, class observations, recording of class meetings, students' coursework, and course syllabus. This study revealed that involving graduate students in planning the course curriculum based on their perceived goals motivated these students to learn, enhanced their sense of ownership of learning, and gave them a sense of empowerment. Although the participants believed in the importance of student input and involvement in what they would study, they also believed in the importance of instructor input regarding course objectives. This study also found that students' familiarity with authoritative teaching hindered their full involvement in determining course content based on their real needs and interests. Results have implications for teaching graduate students as adult learners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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