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Curriculum: Written, Intentional, Prescriptive, Descriptive

1. To what extent do you believe a written curriculum for the various disciplines plays a role in a school with curriculum disarray?
2. To what extent do you believe the supported, tested, and learned curricula for the various disciplines play a role in improving the intentional curriculum?
3. Do you think there is any hope of changing attitudes? If so, how would you attempt to do this? If not, why?
4. Do you feel that the intentional curriculum is prescriptive or descriptive, or a combination of both? Why?
5. What roles do the recommended curriculum and hidden curriculum play in developing the intentional curriculum?
6. In planning curricula, mastery curriculum should require from 60% to 75% of the time available. Do you agree that in a school with curriculum disarray should place an emphasis on mastery curriculum? Why?

If you were hired to be the curriculum director in a school district in curriculum disarray and low student achievement; teachers being happy because the curriculum met their standards, what would you do to bridge the gap between curriculum theory and practice?

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1. To what extent do you believe a written curriculum for the various disciplines plays a role in a school with curriculum disarray?

It is important to have written curriculum, assuming that this curriculum is produced in a manner that benefits students and teachers. Too often curriculum is produced to satisfy governing boards or other stakeholders without the intention of actually establishing learning objectives and a clear path to learning. Written curriculum is important because it helps in the organization of the thought process; serving as a map for the teacher to follow as a way to obtain objectives. This is important particularly in a school with curriculum disarray.

2. To what extent do you believe the supported, tested, and learned curricula for the various disciplines play a role in improving the intentional curriculum?

A supported, tested, and learned curriculum for the various disciplines plays a large role in improving the intentional curriculum. It is the equivalent of market research in business or a medical professional being given a reference tool. Google Scholar's motto is "Stand on the shoulders of giants" (originally from Isaac Newton). This is what prepared curricula ...

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This solution answers questions at the end of Slater Stern & Kysilka's Curriculum book involving importance of written curriculum, intentional curriculum (including is it prescriptive or descriptive). It discusses the role recommended and hidden curriculum play in intentional curriculum and if mastery curriculum should be used in a school in curriculum disarray. Includes APA formatted reference.

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