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ERIC Number: EJ909935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
The Spark of Specifics: How a Strong Curriculum Enlivens Classroom and School Culture
Senechal, Diana
American Educator, v34 n4 p24-29, 54 Win 2010-2011
A strong curriculum brings clarity to a school's endeavor; it has practical, intellectual, and philosophical benefits. It gives shape to the subjects, helps ensure consistency within and among schools, makes room for first-rate books and tests, and leaves teachers room for professional judgment and creativity. In this article, the author explains why a curriculum is essential and describes the benefits of curriculum. Drawing on her experience in schools with and without a shared curriculum, and on scholars' notions of what an education entails, the author concludes that a curriculum detailing what to teach, but not how to teach, provides needed structure while preserving space for creativity and professional judgment. (Contains 16 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland