EDFD6313 Curriculum Development Page

Welcome to Educational Foundations 6313, Curriculum Development.

This course along with EDFD6003 is a staple to the typical M. Ed. diet. Both courses are very transferable to nearly any university that has a master of education degree. I taught it three or four times as a regular course. What is depicted below is a communication to the last group, some students from Taiwan, that I taught in 2002. Other faculty have taught the course since then.

Curriculum development has changed from the concept of origination of a curriculum (1970s) to modification of curriculum (2015). Legislatures and departments of education now prescribe the learning outcomes for students at all age levels. Doing so mostly eliminates the introductory steps of needs assessment and setting goals. The curriculum developer's task has become one of writing objectives to delineate the goals, creating the learning experiences, adapting to the local format, collecting data, and responding to the data before the course or class is taught again.


Latest news in EDFD6313 as of June 19, 2002. The course is completed, as is the master's program for many of you. Some of you no doubt are reading this from Taiwan. You were a great group to work with and you gave me a great experience in getting to know you. Thank you so much!

Evaluation of the curriculum itself: Click here to see an example of Step Eight of the curriculum development cycle. You may be able to download it as well.

Class Notes by Beth Hutchinson:

Remember, these notes are useful for comparison--but they don't take the place of your own note-taking in class! Learning is best when it is participative!

An on-line resource that you will be using soon will be the Arkansas Curriculum Frameworks . You will need to show a relationship of the curriculum units that you are writing to those state standards or frameworks.

Here is a sample curriculum unit that another student did for her curriculum writing project. It did not get a perfect score, but it scored very high, and has many good ideas.

And here are some ideas for the presentations for next week.

If you would like to see the syllabus, click here .

Regular EDFD6313 news. This course examines how curricula in schools come into existence, how they are evaluated, modified, and how they sometimes cease to exist. Curriculum development has become a very busy area of school life since legislatures and governors (to say nothing of the federal government) have become more and more a part of schools' everyday life. It seems that everyone has some idea of what should be taught in the schools. Curriculum development is an orderly process of determining what is taught in schools--what information is taught, to some degree how it is taught, how it will be evaluated, and whether the information stays.

Curriculum development is usually a healthy process for schools. The school that does not review each area of its curriculum at least every three years tends to become very sluggish and out-of-date. Oftentimes no one knows what is being taught! It is important that each school systematically review its curricula so that the instruction offered to its students is timely, well-planned, and effectively presented.

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Web Sites for Curriculum Development

EDFD6313 Indicators of need for curriculum revision or development
EDFD6313 The Curriculum Development Cycle
EDFD6313 Philosophies of Education
EDFD6313 Bloom's Taxonomy by Beth Hutchinson
EDFD6313 The work of Robert Gagne' and its influence on Curriculum Development
EDFD6313 Trends in Instruction
EDFD6313 How each of four categories of instruction contributes to learning
EDFD6313 Impact and implications of brain research on teaching
EDFD6313 & ELED6803 Leadership Skills in curriculum development
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Phi Delta Kappa
National Education Association
AskERIC Search facility
National Council of Teachers of Math
National Science Teachers Association
National Council of Teachers of English
National Council for the Social Studies
National Art Education Association
Music Educators' National Convention
International Society for Technology in Education
Council for Exceptional Children

Examples of student work in EDFD6313 Curriculum Development

A student production on Jean Piaget, his theories, and application
A student presentation on why students sometimes play hookey, and what the school can do to try to help it

A student presentation on how children learn through whole language
A student presentation on the Weather (intended for primary grades)
A Power Point presentation on a curriculum unit on dinosaurs developed by students

A student presentation on Brain Research and its implications for teaching and learning
A student presentation on Distance Education
A student presentation on Health Education
A student presentation on four categories of instructional strategies and when to use each
A student presentation on Leadership and Collaboration in Curriculum Development
A student presentation on Maria Montessori and her contributions to early childhood education
A student presentation on teaching the Social Studies

Important Dates for EDFD6313