The Importance Of Curriculum Theories

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Introduction This paper is geared towards a discussion to explain why the following disciplines namely: Sociology/Anthropology, History, and Philosophy and Psychology are considered foundations of curriculum studies and to determine how each discipline is reflected in the curriculum. Specifically, it aims to discuss the disciplines and its importance to education and likewise describe their impact in developing a curriculum. Curriculum is seen as a “desired goal or set of values that can be activated through a development process, culminating in experiences of learners” (Wiles & Bondi, 2011, p. 5). The extent to which the planned goals are met through fulfillment of those experiences make a direct representation of the effectiveness of the…show more content…
The functionalist theory focuses on ways that universal education serves the needs of society. Functionalists first see education in its manifest role: conveying basic knowledge and skills to the next generation. Schools train students effectively to become effective workforce of the society. Essentially learning takes place the experiences which the learner has; that is through the reactions he makes to the environment in which he is placed (Tyler, 1949). It fulfills the role of education to teach children so they can succeed. Skills development of learners must be reflective of building job relevant skills through skills training that include: • pre-employment development skills through effective pedagogical approaches by forging and sustaining productive ties between the school and the industry by sustaining the satisfaction of graduates’ and employers’ with its…show more content…
Innovation encourages development of ideas for new products or new ways of doing things towards transform them into profitable products or activities. Learners, independently acquire the knowledge & information needed to work in a globalized, information society and knowledge economy. It involves the basic understanding of the different disciplines to acquire essential skills and knowledge. The changes in society has brought a kind of culture that curriculum has to include which develops not only occupational skill but also the competence to deal with many situations and to work in teams. Learning results to actions with growing autonomy, judgment and personal responsibility and develops an understanding of culture of people and an appreciation of
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