Process Model Of Curriculum

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The Definition and Models of Curriculum
Although “Curriculum” is most commonly associated with the purposed, planned, written material used in education, the origin of the Latin word leaves it open to a much wider application. The Latin word simply means “to run a course”. This provides a metaphor for curriculum that includes anything and everything that might contribute to the success or failure of finishing the course with any reward.
Curriculum Models There are various ways in which the idea of curriculum can be conceptualized. The four main models of curriculum that were covered in this study included curriculum as a syllabus, a product, a process and as praxis. The Syllabus model values the content or the body of knowledge to be taught
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The syllabus is theoretical at this point and how much the student actually learns or is able to apply it to their life is not the primary concern. The core content is determined, presented and the students are responsible to absorb and learn it. The educational planning is really limited by the determined content. In this model the students are more like objects that plug into the program, rather than subjects that are an interactive part of the learning…show more content…
This is not syllabus or content centered, neither is it product or teacher centered. The process model is student centered and recognizes that truly effective education results from healthy, purposed interactions between the instructor, student and the content knowledge. This model is not concerned with the physical text that might be used, as much as the relational interaction, reasoning and conclusions that must take place in the process. The syllabus model looks at the information you have at the beginning, the product model looks to the behavioral achievements at the end and the process model in focused on the journey the student must encounter for effective learning to take place. This model recognizes that the curriculum involves an active, interactive and reactive process that must encourage reasoning, experimentation and critical thinking between the parties involved. The teacher must expect, prepare for and allow an engaging encounter in an open interactive experience. With the process model, the same data will be taught to two difference groups which would involve two different experiences. This model is student driven and, rather than just involving downloading of information from the teachers side, can result in a more effective learning on the student

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