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Activity Analysis

  • By: J. Wesley Null
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

The basic idea of activity analysis is that the best place to begin when creating curriculum is by looking at the daily activities of adults. With this method, every range of human experience must be subjected to analysis, including language activities, citizenship activities, occupational skills, health activities, and religious practices. Curriculum developers would study the adults who are the best at the various activities in order to select and perpetuate the most efficient skills. Once the daily activities of the most efficient adults have been analyzed and catalogued, these activities should become the basis for curriculum in the schools.

Activity analysis is one of the most powerful and enduring ideas in the field of curriculum. It became popular during the 1910s and 1920s, especially during the ...

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