Curriculum Theory – EDUC 771

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Addresses the theoretical constructs of the K-12 curriculum as related to the nature and function of curriculum, the curriculum development process, and curriculum evaluation procedures.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The proper development and implementation of curriculum is not possible without a thorough understanding of the philosophical and theoretical perspectives that shape the process. Beginning with a thorough analysis of these perspectives, emphasis will then be given to the role each perspective plays in the curriculum development as well as the teaching and learning processes.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Assess the philosophical basis for the curriculum theories discussed in this course.
    2. Analyze the major elements of the predominant curriculum perspectives.
    3. Articulate a biblical theory for the philosophical development of curriculum.
    4. Evaluate components of a core content curriculum.
    5. Justify curriculum decisions in light of the relationship of the curriculum perspectives and a biblical worldview.
    6. Explain theoretical and biblical issues to consider during a curriculum development process.
    7. Justify the curriculum evaluation process as it relates to curriculum development and planning.
    8. Provide a rationale for the values that schools should teach.
    9. Identify information and issues in curriculum theory.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 200 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at the threads of at least two classmates. Each reply must be 100 words.

Throughout the course, the student will participate in two Discussion Board Forums with the classmates. The purpose of the Discussion Board is to construct and contribute to a community of learning. In preparation for each forum, the student will read the assigned prompt.

When the thread is due, the student will create a post based on the assigned prompt. When the replies are due, the student will reply to at least two classmates.

This course utilizes the Post-First feature in all Discussion Board Forums. This means the student will only be able to read and interact with the classmates’ threads after he or she has submitted the thread in response to the provided prompt.

General Instructions - Thread

For the thread, the student will compose a response to the prompt. The thread must cogently address the prompt. The thread must be well supported with material. It must also meet the required word count of 200 words and be submitted on time. Finally, the response should be free of grammatical errors and reflect appropriate standards of writing and citation styles.

General Instructions - Replies

The student will select two of the classmates’ threads and interact with the thoughts and ideas. The content of the replies must reflect excellent knowledge. The replies must also expand on the thread and relate issues to Scripture, biblical principles, and/or pertinent personal experience. Finally, the replies must each meet the required word count of 100 words each and be submitted on time.

The instructor will grade the assignment by the rubric terms. (MLOs: A, C, H, I)

Criteria for Curriculum Decisions Essay

The student will write a research-based paper with at least 800 words in current APA format. The student will select one school, grade level, or subject. The student will develop an essay that explains important criteria for curriculum. The student will describe criteria that could be used by a curriculum search committee to justify and support a particular selection of a curriculum for a school system. The student will include every criteria item that should be considered in the selection of materials. The student will address the biblical worldview and use scriptural support. The paper must include at least two citations and at least two references. Additional requirements are in the rubric. The instructor will grade the assignment by the rubric terms. (MLOs: C, E, F, I)

Curriculum and Biblical Perspectives Quiz

The student will complete a quiz on curriculum philosophies. The quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice questions, contain one short-answer question, and have a one hour time limit. (MLOs: A, B, C, I)

Core Curriculum Quiz

The student will complete a quiz on core curriculum and standards. The quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice questions, contain one short-answer question, and have a one hour time limit. (MLOs: C, D, E, I)

Curriculum Implementation Quiz

The student will complete a quiz on curriculum implementation. The quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. The quiz will be open-book/open notes, contain 20 multiple-choice questions, contain one short-answer question, and have a one hour time limit. (MLOs: C, F, H, I)

Textbook Evaluation Essay

The student will develop a textbook evaluation essay with at least 800 words in current APA format. The student will select an elementary, secondary, or higher education textbook (print or digital e-book) from his/her own resources. The student will analyze that textbook and compose the textbook evaluation essay. The student will address the biblical worldview and use scriptural support. The student may use the Ideas for Textbook Evaluation Essay document as a guide. The paper must include at least two citations and at least two references. Additional requirements are in the rubric. The instructor will grade the assignment by the rubric terms. (MLOs: C, E, G, I)

Curriculum Change Plan

The student will write a research-based paper with at least 800 words in current APA format. The student will discuss the steps and timeframe for a plan to change the total curriculum for any school, grade level, or subject. The student will describe a plan to get school system stakeholders (parents, teachers, librarians, administrators, etc.) to cooperate and to engage positively with a change in curriculum. The student must set priorities for the targeted issues. The student should consider digital trends and technology. The student will address the biblical worldview and use scriptural support. The paper must include at least two citations and at least two references. Additional requirements are in the rubric. The instructor will grade the assignment by the rubric terms. (MLOs: C, F, G, I)