research paper on The Importance of Teacher Involvement in Curriculum Development
This is a 3 page paper discussing the importance of teacher involvement in curriculum development. Within the last decade changes in curriculum planning in educational systems has led to an adoption of various planning strategies, some which involve teacher interaction and some which don’t, an evaluation of present and proposed systems, and teachers assessment guidelines in addition to a great deal of controversy in all areas. Studies in the United States have shown that curriculum implementation can only be successful if teachers and communities are involved in the development and implementation of curriculum and structural changes. While progress has been made in some states, the provinces in Canada are having more difficulty implementing curriculum and reforms due to decreased funding and unilateral administrative decisions which have not utilized the expertise of educators in the decision-making process. While cases can be made for a common curriculum, overall researchers and practice have shown that any curriculum change should involve the professional input of teachers as well as those invested in the educational programs, the communities.
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