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Curriculum Development: A Guide to Practice (8th Edition) Paperback – March 29, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0137153305 ISBN-10: 0137153309 Edition: 8th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 8 edition (March 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137153309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137153305
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Of other curriculum texts, this one is the hallmark of historical information regarding curriculum development.  It contains solid information and is easy to understand." -- Barbara Rahal, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

 

"This textbook, in my judgment, is a top seller in the discipline. Therefore, it is a very good basic text for the discipline." -- Larry Cross, Governors State University

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The fourth edition of this popular book provides future administrators the background they need to design and implement a classroom curriculum for Grades K-12...the one that helps you show your students how to develop a total school program. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

This is a great book for those studying for their M.Ed. in Administration.
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They have no insight into the countless social ills which is a part of school systems.
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This book is an excellent tool for those interested in curriculum development.
José

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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By "matt9992000" on February 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book looks promising, but the authors seem to be writing about recent-past trends in curriculum as if they were the waves of the future. They seem to have a strong bias for unstructured classrooms and postmodernism, even though those ideas appear to have reached their peaks and begun to decline in the real world. They talk at several points on the uselessness of standardized testing, but the consensus these days is it is an abdication of responsibility to omit verification of results in the classroom.
The book also adds new sections on technology and here again I have my doubts that the authors really understand the topic. For example, in chapters one and six they write about the rise of the internet and it's effect on the classroom learning environment. Sound promising? I thought so and was sorely disappointed. They write about the internet as the vanguard of the unstructured classroom of the future, but provide little evidence to back it up. They write that it will usher in a future time when students will guide their own learning and, through self motivation, study the things they are supposed to study. They will do this because they are motivated to learn. Have the authors been near any children lately? It seems highly debatable that kids will find learning "cool" and pursue it on their own simply because they can do it at a keyboard. I suspect they'll do what they do now and pick games over information. Wiles and Bondi argue that children have never had the opportunity to study what they want to study when they want to study it; but there have been public libraries for centuries. One can learn whatever one wants there, and in any order. Little evidence of enthusiasm for them on the part of students has been seen thus far.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By José on September 29, 2011
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This book is an excellent tool for those interested in curriculum development. It is simple enough to be understood for novice and complex enough for those with some experience.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 2003
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The authors of this long-running text are way out front in focusing on the Internet as curriculum's future. The entire first
chapter is dedicated to what a technological district might look like and how curriculum decisions will shape that future in schools. Further reading brings the reader face-to-face with
the complexities of such value decisions.
I use this text in my classes and find that students usually
select to keep it ater the class ends. What greater testimony to
this book's use as a desktop resource could be made?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ASUScholar on August 10, 2011
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The text in this book is well written and easily understood. Some of the information is being utilized in my classroom. In fact, I am keeping this book for future use in my classroom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Citizen John TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2013
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I enjoyed this book. The author pulled in relevant facts that many other curriculum textbooks lacked. It's perfect for an introductory class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CW on August 21, 2014
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This book is full of information that is relevant in education system and practical in everyday teaching practices. Theorists and the their theories are analyzed very well. Very good textbook.
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By Amazon Customer on February 1, 2013
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If you are an educator, do not buy, or read this book unless you are forced to do so because a professor who hasn't taught in a classroom for 20 years chooses it as the book for your curriculum course. The authors attempt to make teachers feel low, unneeded, unknowing, and completely disrespected. These authors are "getting paid" by teachers to" bad mouth" teachers. They have no insight into the countless social ills which is a part of school systems. If they have any insight into social issues, they have chosen to limit the inclusion of research on the impact that social problems are having in the education system in their book. If teachers were even able to fix all the issues that plague our society while still educating the children involved in varied social issues, they would not be allowed to do so because some legislator without a clue says no.
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By Penelope on January 8, 2014
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This book was sent in good condition. There was minimal markings and it was easy to read. Definitely recommend to and education student or just anyone who wants to know more about curriculum development.
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Jon Wiles is an experienced educational consultant and author of ten textbooks on education. In addition, he is the author of two biographical books: Suzanne Tillier: Story of an Extraordinary Woman and Phillip Singer: An Accounting.

Jon and his wife Michele reside in St. Augustine, Florida.