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Developing the Curriculum (5th Edition)

Peter F. Oliva

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ISBN 10: 0321037898 / ISBN 13: 9780321037893
Published by Allyn & Bacon, 2001
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Title: Developing the Curriculum (5th Edition)

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

Publication Date: 2001

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 5th Edition.

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This title presents a comprehensive analysis of the process of developing a curriculum. Full of references to classic and contemporary curriculum writings, it provides students with a synthesis of historic and contemporary principles and practices associated with creating an effective curriculum. Developing the Curriculum features a step-by-step model for the process of curriculum development that carefully explores common issues and challenges at each individual stage.

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Up-to-date information for today’s curriculum workers


This practical text guides students step-by-step through the process of curriculum development, providing a solid foundation of key models, concepts, and issues pertaining to curriculum today.


Developing the Curriculum, Seventh Edition, is full of references to classic and contemporary curriculum works, providing students with a synthesis of historic and contemporary principles and practices associated with creating an effective curriculum. In addition, the author introduces a model that combines curriculum and instruction and carefully explores issues and challenges at each stage.  Each chapter provides objectives, exercises, and end of chapter questions, giving students the opportunity to critically analyze and review key concepts and strategies.  With website references throughout and resources for curriculum developers in convenient appendixes, students will find this book a resource to keep throughout their careers in education and administration.


New features for the seventh edition:

  • Thorough discussion of the No Child Left Behind Act, providing critical background on curriculum and teaching today.
  • Updated content throughout reflects recent broad changes in education, including smaller learning communities and changes in some middle schools’ status (Ch. 9), measurement (Ch. 12), and standards and assessment (Ch. 15).
  • A completely revamped Issues in Curriculum Development chapter (Ch. 15) focuses on the twelve most important issues related to schooling and curriculum development and includes updated information on vouchers, charter schools, and home-schooling.
  • Greater attention to technology, especially in Chapters 9 and 11, provides the information educators and administrators need to stay abreast of contemporary resources and modes of teaching.


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