ED606 Curriculum Theory & Practice

for S2P 2008

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Park University School for Education  Conceptual Framework


ED 606  Curriculum Theory and Practice


S2P 2008 ED


Longenecker, Dale


Adjunct Faculty


Ed.D. - University of Kansas
M.A. - University of Kansas
B.S. - Oklahoma Wesleyan University




Semester Dates

March 17, 2008 to May 11, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 9:30 PM

Credit Hours



Required Texts/Materials:

Title: The Struggle for the American Curriculum:  1893-1958, 3rd Edition

Author: Herbert M. Kliebard

ISBN: 0-415-94891-6


Title: Critical Pedagogy: Notes From the Real World

Author: Joan Wink

ISBN: 020541818X

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.

Park University Online Bookstore - Select "Distance Learning - Graduate," or "Distance Learning Internet," and then click on the appropriate course code (ex. AC 201, PA 501) to see the list of required and optional texts for each course that you are enrolled in. 

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McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.

Course Description:

An overview of curriculum theory that discusses current issues in curriculum and gives the teacher the opportunity to develop useful curriculum. 

  • elementary
  • middle
  • secondary
  • early childhood
adult education (upon approval of that concentration)

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interaction based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions. The student will be responsible for the development of projects, presentations, class discussion(s) and other learning activities that demonstrate their knowledge.


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:

  • In-class Participation/Discussion      (Core learning outcomes 1 – 8)
  • Assigned Readings (Core learning outcomes 1 – 8)
  • Field Experience (Core learning outcomes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8)
  • Observational Study (Core Assessment) (Core learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5)
  • Group Project (Core learning outcomes 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8)
  • Final Exam (Core learning outcomes 1 – 8)



Point Value

Due Date

Percentage of Grade

Discussion Assignments   

300 pts (6 x 50 pts each)

March 24, 31 
April 7, 14, 21 & 28


Personal Philosophy of Currciulum

100 pts

April 21


Curriculum Project

300 pts

May 5



200 pts      

May 5


Final Exam

100 pts

May 5











1000 total points


% are rounded to nearest whole

Late Submission of Course Materials:

It is important that students attend every class.  If you are unable to attend class, you must notify the Instructor the reason for your absence. Attendance will be considered in determining the final course grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to:

§     Attend class on a regular basis. Come to class on time.

  • Turn in assignments to the Instructor on time.
  • Read, understand, and follow the course syllabus.
  • Check your PirateMail on a regular basis.

§         Use current APA style in all aspects of written assignments (e.g., page set-up/format, citations, references, etc.).  Failure to demonstrate appropriate use of current APA style will result in a reduction of points for the assignment, as will style, spelling, and format errors. In professional writing, past tense is generally accepted.  Avoid using contractions, personal pronouns, or slang expressions. Must use people-first language (e.g., individuals with disabilities; students with learning disabilities). Students are encouraged to use the services of the Academic Support Center (Mabee 406, near the Library, 584-6330) for assistance in developing written reports and for editing and style assistance.  .

  • Follow academic regulations detailed in Park University's graduate catalog.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




Week 1


Chap 1 and 2 (Kliebard)

Week 2


Chap 3 and 4 (Kliebard)

Week 3


Chap 7 and 8 (Kliebard)

Week 4


Chap 1 and 2 (Wink)

Week 5



Week 6


Chap 3 (Wink)

Week 7


Chap 4-5 (Wink)

Week 8


Final Exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 24-26


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 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 24-26

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 in excess of four (4) class periods, in a 16-week semester (or 2, in an 8-week term) will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Dean, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified by mail that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 28

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 .


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Last Updated:2/18/2008 2:25:12 PM