Curiculum Theory Project

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  • 1.
    • By Rick Garza
  • 2. Curriculum Theory Project Table of Contents Rational Aims Objectives Content Assessments Work Cited
  • 3. Rational Attempting to meet the demands of not only the “higher standards” ideology, schools need to also address the global economic changes that are taking place. It comes as no surprise that our method of educating and preparing students for post secondary education and the future job market needs to be adopted. (Dewitt, pg. 1) Methods utilized in the past to educate and prepare students for the job market essentially were done to meet the demands of a nation of farmers and later the demands and expectation of the industrial age of the United States. Today, educational institutions must not only prepare students for the challenges within the United States, but the world. The use of technology within just about every corner of the world, as well as our houses, cars, and means of communication only highlights the need to prepare students for a world that is no longer round, but as Thomas Friedman has pointed out in his book, The World is Flat . In order to achieve this goal we must look to the merger of what is used to be termed vocational classes, now referred to as Career and Technical classes, and academic classes English, Math Science. In doing this we create a duality of educating and preparing students for the workforce and quiet possibly the leader within a new career field.
  • 4. Aims The aim of the curriculum outlined in this presentation is to utilize real world application of what is learned in Science, Math and Language Arts. We all know that there are times that we hear students say “When am I ever going to use this?” or as an educator we know that there is not enough time in school day to demonstrate the practical application of how to find a perimeter of a building or better yet the drag coefficient of a vehicles skid marks at the scene of an accident. However, this can be done through courses that utilize measurements I.e. construction of buildings or the collection of evidence at a car accident by a accident investigator. By pairing up academic classes with Career & Technical classes it not only serves as a “hands on” application of what is being taught in the academic classroom, but how it is used within a specific career field the student might have an interest in and as a standardized testing reinforcement.
  • 5. Objectives Curriculum Matrix Summary Texas ELA 5 th grade CTE Curriculum Matrix ELA Curriculum ELA
  • 6. Content Methodology in Achieve Objective TEA – Achieve Texas 16 Career Clusters
  • 7. Assessment
    • The following assessment tools would be used to evaulate the symbiotic relationship between core academic courses and CTE courses:
    • Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills
    • Collaborative Comprehensive Exams – End of 9 weeks exam and Semester exams.
    • College and Vocational Entrance Exams
    • Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
  • 8. TEA – Achieve Texas 16 Career Clusters Source: http://www. achievetexas .org/POS_Covers. htm
  • 9. Work Cited Texas Education Agency - http://www.tea.state. tx .us/ International Center for Leadership in Education - http://www. leadered .com Lee, Mike. “Mixing it up.” Techniques: Making Education & Career Connections 72.8 (Nov. 1997):14 DeWitt, Stephen. “Connecting CTE to American Competitiveness” Capitol View (March 2007):12 Friedman, Thomas. “The World Is Flat.” Meghan-Kiffer Press (August 2006)