The Influence of Value Orientations in Curriculum Decision Making

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Catherine D. Ennis, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Value orientations play an important role in secondary physical education curriculum decision making by influencing the teacher's curriculum content priorities relative to student needs and interests, school context, and subject matter goals. Five value orientations mediating curricular decisions in middle and high school settings have been identified as disciplinary mastery, learning process, self-actualization, social reconstruction, and ecological integration. Curriculum research conducted to examine the value orientations of secondary teachers supports the diversity of educational value orientations in physical education. Diversity may be reflected in teachers' goals for student learning and expectations for performance. Sensitivity to the diversity in teachers' educational belief systems may enhance preparation of future secondary teachers and encourage in-service teachers to become more actively involved in planning and teaching with an increased focus on student learning

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Quest, 1992, 44, 317-329
Language: English
Date: 1992
Values, Curriculum, Teacher attitudes, Educational approaches, Middle school, High school, Physical education

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