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Shaping the College Curriculum : Academic Plans in Context



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Updated and substantially revised since its original publication, this new volume serves as a resource for individuals and groups whose work includes planning, designing, delivering, evaluating, and studying curricula in higher education.The academic plan concept, introduced and explained in the first edition, provides the framework for this volume. An expanded review of theory and research on learning enhances the authors' discussion of how the needs of learners can be addressed in the design of academic plans. A new chapter on curricular change builds on research on organizational change and provides practical guidance to assist faculty members and administrators who are considering and implementing substantial improvements in programs. Each chapter includes updated research findings relevant to curriculum planning, accreditation, teaching, and learning. Finally, information on curriculum planning in for-profit institutions and online education programs supplements the primary focus on planning in not-for-profit institutions. The second edition is also reorganized to facilitate use of the book by researchers, faculty, administrators, and graduate students."This is an extraordinary book that offers not a particular curriculum or structure, but a comprehensive approach for thinking about the curriculum, ensuring that important considerations are not overlooked in its revision or development, and increasing the likelihood that students will learn and develop in ways institutions hope they will. The book brings coherence and intention to what is typically an unstructured, haphazard, and only partially rational process guided more by beliefs than by empirically grounded, substantive information. Lattuca and Stark present their material in ways that are accessible and applicable across planning levels (course, program, department, and institution), local settings, and academic disciplines. It's an admirable and informative marriage of scholarship and practice, and an insightful guide to both. Anyone who cares seriously about how we can make our colleges and universities more educationally effective should read this book." -Patrick T. Terenzini, distinguished professor and senior scientist, Center for the Study of Higher Education, The Pennsylvania State University

Table of Contents

The Authors
Curriculum: An Academic Plan.
The Need for a Definitional Framework
Defining Curriculum as an Academic Plan
Contextual Influences on Academic Plans
Constructing Plans: Curriculum Development
Evolution of the Academic Plan Concept
Advantages of the Academic Plan Model
External Influences: Sociocultural Context.
Patterns of Curriculum Debate
Evolving Educational Purposes
Debating General Education and Specialization
Learners: An Emphasis on Access
Content Debates: Prescription vs. Choice
Instructional Process: Occasional Innovation
Evaluation Debates: Emphasis on Quality Control
Influences and Potential Reforms
Internal Influences: College and University Contexts.
Institutional Influences
Unit-Level Influences
Emerging Internal Influences
Converging Influences
Internal Influences: Academic Fields.
Characterizing Academic Fields
Differences in Course Planning
Seeking Academic Community
Building on the Strengths of Academic Fields
Creating Academic Plans.
Course Planning
Program Planning
College-Wide Planning
Systematic Design Models
Sharing Responsibility for Curriculum Design
Learner Influences on Course Planning
Learner Influences on Program Planning
Learner Influences on College Planning
Multiple Perspectives on Learning
Learners and Learning Processes
Understandings of Learning and Knowledge
Learning in Academic Fields
Considering Learners in Curriculum Design
Instructional Processes.
Teaching Styles
Contextual Influences on Courses and Programs
Expanding Choices Among Instructional Processes
Teaching for Intentional Learning
Reflecting on Planning and Teaching
Evaluating and Adjusting Academic Plans.
Defining Evaluation and Assessment
Evaluating and Adjusting Course Plans
Evaluating and Adjusting Program Plans
College-Level Evaluation
Evaluating Evaluation
Responding to Accountability Demands
Administering Academic Plans.
Curriculum Leadership and Administrative Roles
Models and Strategies for Curricular Change.
Evolution, Adaptation, and Strategic Change
Scope of Curricular Change
Models of Change
Using Multiple Strategies for Curricular Change
Learning to Change in Academic Organizations
Maintaining Change
Academic Plans in Context
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