ED606 Curriculum Theory & Practice

for U1P 2008

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Park University School for Education  Conceptual Framework


ED 606 Curriculum Theory & Practice


U1P 2008 ED


Renton, Brooke


Adjunct Faculty


Ed. Specialist--  University of Missouri Kansas City
M.S.--  Northwest Missouri State University
B.S.--  Missouri Western State University

Office Hours

Before or after class or by appointment.




Semester Dates

June 1- July 24, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 9:30 PM

Credit Hours



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, 3rd Edition
Author:  Joan Wink

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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
*  adult education

Educational Philosophy:

   My educational philosophy is based on my belief that we learn best when we are actively involved in the learning.  Through discussions, writings, group activities and reflective thinking the students will be expected to apply what is presented in class to their own professional experiences. 

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:

*  Article Reflection--  15%
*  Personal Philosophy of Curriculum--  25%
*  Curriculum Project--  50%
*  Participation--  10%


Course Grading Scale
90%-  A (exceptional work)
80%-  B  (outstanding work)
70%-  C  (meets minimum standards)
65%-  D  (below minimum standards)


Point Value

Due Date

Class Participation

10%--  20 points
June 5-July 24 
Personal Philosophy of Curriculum

25%--  50 points

June 26
Article Reflection

15%--  30 points

July 3

Curriculum Project

50%--  100 points

July 24


Late Submission of Course Materials:

*  It is important for students to attend every class.  If you are unable to attend class, you are expected to notify the instructor with the reason for your absence.  Attendance will be considered in determining the final course grade.
*  Student work is expected to be submitted in a timely manner.  Late work will not be accepted.  As a graduate student, you are expected to participate weekly in the course with your attendance and participation in the discussions.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Your participation in each weekly class session is expected.  If you need to miss a class due to an emergency, please make arrangements with the instructor prior to the class session.  Please be sure that cell phones are set to "silent" or "vibrate" mode so that the class discussion will not be interrupted. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:







Introduction, syllabus, expectations for assignments/project



Chapters 1-3 (Kliebard)



Chapters 4-6 (Kliebard)



Chapters 7-9  (Kliebard)
Personal Philosophy of Curriculum Due



Article Reflections Due



Chapters 1-2 (Wink)



Chapter 3-5 (Wink)



Curriculum Project Due

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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