Curriculum development is the creation of a set of academic content or courses that are to be used in school to guide in teaching students in order to examine them at the end of that particular curriculum and determine whether or not they passed so as to certify them accordingly.
Q.2 Which curriculum development model appeals to you most? Explain why.
The Tyler model appeals to me most and the model was first established in 1949 by Ralph Tayler. The curriculum covers or answers for major questions which contribute a lot to the education world. I do find the model to be amongst the top curriculum that were ever formulated to guide in teaching. The first important step in the Tyler model is it first seeks to determine the objective of school which basically answers the questions as to why students. The model suggests that all schools should strongly stick to what they teach their students and should concentrate more on achieving this.
The second step that makes Tyler model’s curriculum a great model is enhancing experience and this means equipping students with the necessary experience to develop the required skills to improve their knowledge on whatever they are being taught or rather to boost the first step. Third step is all about organization which is ensuring that the learners follow a stipulate formulae in their efforts to gather experience in order to meet the objectives of the curriculum. Final step is about testing students on whatever they have learned throughout the three steps in order to examine whether they pass and are capable of using those skills outside school (Tyler, 949).
Q.3. Understanding curriculum design is critical to the whole curriculum development process. What are your thoughts on this assertion?
It is very important to note that before engaging in anything it is important to understand it first so as to achieve the targeted goals. Understanding curriculum design is important not just for students but teachers as well because it gives them knowledge on the proper development of the curriculum process. Teachers should as well learn more on how the curriculum molds the student and what it brings in their lives after whole curriculum process.
Learners should know that a set curriculum model should be well learnt and fully understood and this in turn enables the teachers to critically analyze how well students have developed over period of time as directed by the curriculum. Development of a curriculum as well is dependent on various stages of learning which include delaying the process of learning to give time for students to understand each and every stage of the learning process. Another stage involves studying the whole syllabus and understanding all the content and the other stage is participating in activities that relate to the curriculum but equips learners with the necessary skills. Examining students by teachers gives them a better chance to understand or weight the efforts put by these students on their curriculum. Spending much time learning and understanding the design draws good knowledge of the process and it is important to note that education is a process that takes time to fully develop a system that can be certified to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge.
Tyler, R. (1949) Basic Principles of Curriculum and Instructions: CHICAGO. The University of Chicago Press.
Pinar, F. W. Reynolds, W. Slattery, P. Taubman, P. (1995) Understanding Curriculum: NEW YORK. Peter Lang Publishing Group.