A deeper understanding of the theory and practice of curriculum and instruction EdD is an essential component of a successful educator, by understanding how the structure of a classroom, the relationship of instruction to student learning, and the relationship of teachers to students, you can make better instructional decisions.
Introduction to curriculum theory
Introduction to Curriculum Theory provides an overview of various curricular approaches and conceptual models. This book is helpful for educators, students, policy-makers, and researchers. It recognizes the connections between ideology and schooling and examines the multidimensional view of curriculum development.
A curriculum is a program of activities designed to achieve specific educational ends. The purpose of the curriculum is to prepare a person for life. Some of these ends include literacy, reasoning power, and preparedness for life.
One of the essential features of a curriculum is its ability to set a course of action. Another important aspect is how an instructor carries out the plans he makes.
This book covers several aspects of curriculum theory, including the process of creating a curriculum, the learning experience, and evaluating students’ performance. In this regard, the product, process, and competence-based curricular models are discussed.
Inequalities in public education
The idea of adequate education has been used to justify policy differences and inequalities in public education. This principle has a range of strengths and weaknesses, however. In its most basic sense, it relates to a shortfall between what students receive and what they need. It identifies how schools can meet those needs.
Adequate education does not mean equal treatment. Instead, it means providing pupils with the resources and opportunities necessary to achieve high performance. For instance, extra money may be required for districts with high numbers of special-needs students, and more is needed for high-cost areas.
Adequate education also does not mean equal spending. Some districts needed to raise more money and had a smaller tax base than others. And while some districts had more pupils with exceptional educational needs, other districts did not.
Common Core State Standards
The Common Core State Standards Initiative aims to give students a deeper understanding of curriculum and instruction. This set of academic standards was created to ensure that all students graduate high school with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in a global economy. It provides educators with a comprehensive framework to develop practical lessons for each grade level and helps parents better collaborate with teachers.
Common Core State Standards are high-quality academic standards focusing on mathematics and English language arts. They were developed with input from teachers, administrators, and parents to ensure that all students are prepared for success in the future.
Achieve, a nonprofit organization focusing on standards-based education reform has released a toolkit for Aligning Instructional and Assessment Materials for the Common Core. Their website also offers policy resources, a fact sheet, and a PowerPoint presentation on the CCSS initiative.
National Research Council Framework for K-12 science education
The National Research Council (NRC) has developed a new framework for K-12 science education. This framework provides a clear set of expectations for the science curriculum. It also outlines guidelines for STEM careers and a vision for K-12 science education.
This framework has been used as the basis for Next Generation Science Standards. The Standards emphasize integrating scientific and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and arguments from evidence. The standards are grounded in current scientific research. They highlight the variety of scientific and engineering practices and promote students’ engagement in science.
NGSS is a three-pronged approach that integrates core science and engineering ideas with mathematics. It focuses on developing a deeper understanding of content and on applying that content to real-world issues.
The practicum experience is an essential component of graduate social work education. It allows students to apply their subject matter knowledge and instructional practices to a real-world setting.
Practicums provide students with various learning experiences through targeted small-group instruction. They also offer opportunities for teachers to apply their theoretical knowledge to teaching. Often, a practicum will be tied to a particular class.
There are a variety of different types of field experiences for pre-service teachers. Some of them may be paid, while others are free. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in various fields, including medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, and education.
An excellent way to prepare for a practicum is to determine the expected dress code. Also, make sure you have time management apps on your phone to help keep you organized.