Curriculum Development: Can Students Be Involved?

Marquis, Romeo
November 1973
Education Digest;Nov1973, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p57
The article focuses on the involvement of students in curriculum development. The matter of student involvement in school affairs is an issue which has been debated for a long time. Where student involvement does exist, it is often restricted to coordination of student smoking areas, operation of student lounges, participation on activities committees, and the like. While these functions are important, they do not provide for direct involvement by students in the affairs of formal instruction. Direct student involvement in matters of curriculum must be instituted in schools where it is nonexistent and it probably should be expanded in most schools where it already exists. Curriculum development is not an exclusive function of teachers and administrators. High school students are relatively well versed in curriculum matters. Student involvement in curriculum development does not mean that students will eventually dictate what is to be taught and how. Student involvement on ad hoc committees is generating some rather interesting results in curriculum and curriculum-related areas.


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