ED606 Curriculum Theory & Practice

for U1P 2010

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ED 606 Curriculum Theory & Practice


U1P 2010 DL


Fields, Barbara A. T.


Assist Pro/Coord MAT Program


PhD:  Curriculum and Instruction
MA/Ed Spec:  Educational Administration
BA:  Education

Office Location

Online or Main Campus, Watson Literacy Center, Office b

Office Hours

Virtual:  Morning 9:00 Central Standard time;  Wednesdays Main Campus

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

June 7, 2010-July 30, 2010

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



The Struggle for the American Curriculum: 1893-1958, 3rd Edition
Herbert M. Kliebard.  ISBN: 0-415-94891-6  (3rd edition)
Critical Pedagogy:  Notes from the Read World 
Joan Wink ISBN:  0-8013-3257-5 (3rd edition)

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
As provided by the instructor.

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Course Description:
ED606 Curriculum Theory and Practice: An overview of curriculum theory that discusses current issues in curriculum and gives the teacher the opportunity to develop useful curriculum. A minimum of three (3) hours of practicum experience in the field is required. a. elementary b. middle c. secondary d. early childhood e. adult education

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor's educational philosophy is to encourage dedicated discussion, reading, writing, and reflecting on issues in the field of education.  By the end of the course, significant evaluation and synthesizing of information should have taken place. 
Students are expected to interact and share knowledge and skills. 
Students should expect to be supported, assessed and recognized by the instructor.  Students should also expect to support and recognize one another's good work.
A variety of formats will be utilized.  These include lecture, rewading, observation, questioning, dialogue, examination, internet, online learing, websites and videos.
These selected activities will lead to improved practice and enhanced skills and understandings in the field of education, and increase the skills general knowledge base.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will identify and analyze different approaches to curriculum theory and development.
  2. Students will understand the impact of these different approaches to curriculum on their educational practice.
  3. Students will develop a method of inquiry that will enable them to integrate it into their own professional development.
  4. Students will develop a personal philosophy of curriculum and instruction that can be applied in their own professional setting.
  5. Students will develop a curriculum with a clear sense of purpose, incorporating ideas and issues we have discussed, which can be used in a practical setting.
  6. Students will explore educational issues that impact the classroom and student
  7. Students will explore possible ways education can impact student understanding and participation in a democratic society.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

The following information was written by the course developer for the online class.  I have just summarized it for the Park syllabus website.  It can be found in its entirety in the ED606DL course.  This syllabus was is for that class.

Discussion/Peer Review Assignments:
The Discussion Assignments are meant to help make the reading and lecture material more applicable to your life, and to educational curricular matters today.  As a graduate student in an 8-week accelerated course, your participation is necessary to maintain the desired level of involvement, peer interaction in the online environment, and to maximize your learning.  Each student will be an important member of the learning community and class participation represents a substantial component of this course.  You will be expected to complete the assigned readings and participate in reflective responses weekly.  In the weekly discussion area, you are expected not only to post your own thoughts and ideas, but also to respond to other peers in your course with meaningful feedback, agreement/disagreement and rationale for your perspectives.  To gain full participation points for the discussion assignments, students are expected to post 3 times weekly with reference to reading/lecture materials.  (See rubric)
2.  Activity Assignments
In weeks 1-4 you will submit an activity chart that will help you organize and categorize information on particular theories, movements, and concepts of curriculum.  You will receive 5 points for maintaining your chart each week.  Students must submit on the due date for full points. 
3.  Personal Philosophy of Curriculum
Students will complete a personal reflection and will create a Personal Philosophy of Curriculum.  This is like a cumulative overview of the philosophy and theorists you have been studying in the course. (See rubric.)
4.  Curriculum Project
A practical application of theory and methods learned in class will culminate in the Curriculum Project (weeks 5-8).  This is a sizable piece of curriculum, such as a semester, quarter, or mini-course (more than a week).  Creativity and flexibility are important in developing this project.  Write this piece in such a way that another teacher will be able to use it.  Please note the "Curriculum Project" link for further elaboration. Each component is broken down each week for completion.  The final project will be submitted week 8 for instructor evaluation and feedback  (See curriculum project rubric.)
5.  Final Exam
You will complete a 30 question final exam online during week 8 of the course.  This exam will consist of multiple choice, true/false, and multiple selection questions.  It must be proctored.  Procedures for this can be found on the website.  Failure to take the final exam in a proctored setting will result in an "F" grade for the course.
The timeline for the course can be found in the syllabus tab in the online course.


90% and above=A         Exceptional work
80% to 89%=B              Outstanding work          
70% to 79%=C               Meets minimal standards
65% to 69%=D               Below minimum standards
Discussion Assignments               5 points (week 1-8)=40
Activity Assignments                    5 points (week 1-4)=20
Personal Philosophy                    20 points (week 4)  =20
Curriculum Project                      60 points (wk 5-8)  =60
Final Examination                        30 points (week 8)  =30
                                                   Total points 170
A=152 and above
Please see syllabus in online class for additional information.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Course work is expected when due.  If a problem arises, notify the professor immediately.    Late information is located in the online syllabus in the class.
In an effort to be "green", please think twice about photocopying.   Please try and refer back to the course syllabus in the online class as needed.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Positive encouragement is expected at all times.   It is appropriate to disagree at times, but civility must be maintained just as you would in a face to face class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
A chart of each week's assignments, objectives, readings, topics, and due days can be found in the syllabus of the online class.

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31-32

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 35

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:

Please be reminded that you can email me through the course.  Email is listed at the top of the course.  If you wish to keep your comments private, please highlight only my name.  Feel free to contact the whole class anytime you so desire through the email.


This class provides a  break room where you can talk with the other members of the class without my review.  I will not go into your break room.  Think of this as your study group site. Since I will not enter your break room,  you will need to post questions to me through the class email, or at the discussion site as appropriate. 


You may also email me through regular means if that is the quickest way at any particular time.


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