Curriculum Development: Should Teachers be involved in the development of curriculum?
Broad descriptions of purposes or ends stated in general terms without criteria of achievement or mastery. Curriculum aims or goals relate to educational aims and philosophy. They are programmatic and normally do not delineate the specific courses or specific items of content.
A curriculum is considered the “heart” of any learning institution, which means that schools or universities cannot exist without a curriculum.
Before I discuss the importance of curriculum development, let me describe to you first the meaning or definition of curriculum. The meaning and importance of curriculum development is discussed in more detail in two separate sections.
Curriculum development is defined as planned, a purposeful, progressive, and systematic process to create positive improvements in the educational system.
Every time there are changes or developments happening around the world, the school curricula are affected. There is a need to update them to address the society’s needs.
The role of a teacher in curriculum development
Without doubt, the most important person in the curriculum implementation process is the teacher. With their knowledge, experiences and competencies, teachers are central to any curriculum development effort. Better teachers support better learning because they are most knowledgeable about the practice of teaching and are responsible for introducing the curriculum in the classroom.
If another party has already developed the curriculum, the teachers have to make an effort to know and understand it. So, teachers should be involved in curriculum development. For example, teacher’s opinions and ideas should be incorporated into the curriculum for development. On the other hand, the curriculum development team has to consider the teacher as part of the environment that affects curriculum Hence, teacher involvement is important for successful and meaningful curriculum development. Teachers being the implementers are part of the last stage of the curriculum development process.
The teachers’ involvement in the curriculum development process is essential in meeting the needs of society. The process of curriculum development requires teachers to act and reflect on society's needs in each stage of the development process.
As a result, I think that there should be major advances in teacher development in order for teachers to actively reflect on society's needs in each stage of the curriculum development process. On the other hand, in any curriculum implementation process not all teachers will have the chance to be involved in these processes. Professional development of teachers is as an important factor contributing to the success of curriculum development and implementation.
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