Don't Forget the Students!

Hoppe, Arthur
March 1954
Educational Leadership;Mar1954, Vol. 11 Issue 6, p359
The article highlights the value of student participation in curriculum development programs. Student participation in curriculum improvement programs is a matter of growing importance today. In a small Indiana high school, students have been taking active part in the solution of certain school problems. Other problems relating to minor matters of discipline and particularly the problem of teen-age driving in the community were considered also. The administrators of this school admitted that these were only small beginnings from which they hoped that student participation might grow increasingly significant. The concept of student participation referred to in this writing implies that youngsters need opportunities to exercise initiative and responsibility in formulating school policies and in planning and managing the school curriculum. The broader concept of student participation in curriculum improvement programs is illustrated by a large metropolitan school in Indiana. Here students had opportunities to participate in revamping old courses and developing new ones. They were instrumental in the integration of mathematics and science activities at the ninth grade level. They helped develop new courses in psychology, in senior composition, and in family living.


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