Curriculum Theory and Practice

Course Details

Course Number: EDUC 5633  Section Number: 401

Summer II 2011

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 342

Days & Times:

MTWR 10:00 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Course Attachments

Syllabus  CurriculumTheoryandPracticesyllabus11.doc


No texts are required for this course.
MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Robert Redmon   
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Course Objectives


  1. Students will learn what curriculum is and the role of curriculum in the public schools.
  2. Students will read a wide cross section of professional literature related to curriculum theory and practice.  
  3. Students will explore the historical foundations of public school curriculum in the United States.
  4. Students will investigate recent curriculum movements and curriculum related reform efforts. 
  5. Students will explore the role of teachers and educators in the curriculum development.
  6. Students will participate in scholarly dialogues focusing on nature of curriculum, the evolution of curriculum, the forces shaping curriculum, curriculum review, and curriculum development.
  7. Students will undertake an in-depth review and revision of their classroom curriculum.


  1. Students will adopt a critical stance regarding all curriculum matters.
  2. Students will see themselves as both architects and custodians of the curriculum.
  3. Students will see themselves as agents of change and school reform. 

Course Expectations

1.Article Summaries and Seminar Discussion: (Each Day) Locate, read, and prepare a written and (APA) documented summary of a journal article or book chapter related to the listed seminar topic ½ -1 page. Email a copy of the article and your summary to me and to each member of the class (prior to class).

 2. Book Report: Select a book related to some contemporary curriculum issue and write a 3 page summary and critique (report).Choose a book that supports your curriculum related interests.  Bring the book to class with you on the day the report is to be presented. Email a copy to me and to each member of the class.Present your report to the class for elaboration and critique.

 3. Position Paper: Select a contemporary curriculum reform and write a documented critique. (3 pages 5 sources) Email a copy to me and to each member of the class. Present your paper to the class for elaboration and critique.  

 4.Curriculum Mapping: Write, review, and revise the curriculum you teach using the curriculum mapping format. (before and after maps) Write a 2 page rationale (documented) for the changes. Email a copy to me and to each member of the class. Present your project (and change rationale) to the class for elaboration and critique.  

Grading Standards

Article summaries and participation in Symposium (discussion)  5 points each day

Book Report                                                                                                     20

Position Paper                                                                                                  20

Curriculum Mapping (final exam)                                                                   20

 A=90% or above




F=less than 60%

Submission Format Policy

All written assignments should comply with APA rules for manuscript style and documentation.

Written assignments should be submitted electronically as MS Word or Rich Text File documents (*.doc or *.rtf).

Informed participation in seminar discussions is required

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

As the class is organized around informed seminar and daily participation, no credit may be earned if a student is absent. Attendance is required.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected be on time and to attend every day that class meets. No credit may be earned on days students are absent.

Other Policies

Other Class Policies

 As the faculty of the West College of Education, we are dedicated to helping meet the needs of our students with disabilities and are eager to provide the accommodations to which such students are entitled.  If you have a documented disability and are registered with the Office of Disability, please let your instructor know to expect a letter from that office describing the accommodations to which you are entitled.  If you have a documented disability but are not registered with the Office of Disability, please contact that office immediately to register.

Plagiarism Statement

 “By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a ‘limited right’ in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The ‘limited right’ shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality, authenticity, and educational <span class="scayt-misspell" data-scayt_word="purposes." "="" data-scaytid="8">purposes.” (Student Handbook)

 Plagiarism is defined as claiming credit for the work of another or improper/inadequate citation and documentation of sources of information (ideas) or direct quotations.  Plagiarism is a serious form of academic dishonesty.  If you are found to have committed plagiarism in this class, you will be dropped from the class with an F.   

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.