Investigations in Curriculum Change – EDUC 871

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

Course Description

Review and evaluation of theories, models, and strategies for change; recognition and use of this knowledge as a practical guide to problem solving.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Research in specific areas of academic interest is necessary for professional growth. For this course these specific areas of research will focus on curricular and leadership related issues at either the K–12 or college and university level with specific emphasis on how these impact the realm of educational leadership. Specifically the question of how leadership is related to teaching and learning as related to constructs in the realm of curriculum will be addressed.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and explain the philosophical theories and traditional models to curriculum.
  2. Evaluate and discuss social forces that impact curriculum planning with an understanding of what curriculum will best prepare learners for future challenges.
  3. Analyze and evaluate learning styles and learning theories as they relate to curriculum development.
  4. Trace the curriculum development process and differentiate between the various approaches to curriculum development.
  5. Compare and contrast the interrelationships between curriculum implementation and instruction.
  6. Evaluate and discuss the role of technology in curriculum development.
  7. Define the educational leader’s role in curriculum evaluation and relate it to the assessment of learning.
  8. Identify and evaluate criterion for the review of literature.
  9. Write a review of literature that critically examines the state of the field in curriculum change and educational leadership in one’s area of interest and written from the perspective of a high school, middle school, or elementary school instructor or administrator, or a higher education instructor or administrator or other leadership position.
  10. Classify and explain the leadership principles utilized in leadership and curriculum leadership roles.

Course Assignment

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

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, throughout the course the candidate will answer the instructor’s prompt for 4 different Discussion Board Forums in a thread. The candidate will then substantially reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Discussion Board Forums will be graded upon the quality of the content and the length of the thread and the response posts. The thread must be between 450–500 words and the reply posts must be between 100–150 words. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

The candidate will write 4 Article/Chapter Assessments throughout the course. The candidate will provide critical analysis, assessments, critiques, and applications to various chapter readings, articles, and websites sources. Each assignment will be between 2–3 pages written in proper APA format. The assignment must include a title page and reference page (no abstract is required and paper length does not include the title page or reference page). (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Leadership traits and practices will be examined in light of scriptural insight and understanding. The candidate will review appropriate instructor notes and assigned Scripture readings. The candidate will demonstrate understanding of leadership principles and scriptural insight along with practical application to current or future leadership roles. Both assignments must be between 1–2 pages, not counting the cover or reference pages, and written in proper APA format. (MLO: G, J)

The candidate will locate a dissertation of interest and provide an evaluation of the dissertation’s literature review. Specific guidelines as to the various elements that a good literature review should contain and be evaluated upon will be provided. This assignment is intended to familiarize the candidate with the various elements of an effectively written literature review. (MLO:  H)

The candidate will complete a paper regarding the assigned textbook readings. The synthesis will provide thoughtful analysis, insight, understanding, and application of topics reviewed, written in proper APA format. The Synthesis Paper must be between 4–5 pages, not counting the cover or reference pages. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

The candidate will write a review of literature focusing on curriculum and/or curriculum leadership issues. This paper must be between 10–15 content pages, not including cover page, abstract page, and reference page – all of which are required. This assignment must be written in proper APA format and must incorporate headings and subheadings as much as possible. (MLO: J)