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Resource Units

  • By: Brian D. Schultz & William H. Schubert
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Resource units are accumulated and nonprescriptive packages of curriculum materials and information that can enhance a given teaching-learning situation. It was a boon to teaching in larger more integrated units of instruction, rather than in isolated and discrete daily lessons. A teaching or curricular resource unit is a set of lessons on a topic with a unified purpose, set of learning content or activities that elicit learning experiences to facilitate the purpose(s), organizational plans to translate the purposes into practice, and evaluation to determine the success of the plans to meet or revise the designated purposes. Harold Alberty and Ralph Tyler each contributed much to the development of the idea of resource units that facilitate instructional units, by collecting or designating sources of information that ...

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