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Teacher-Centered Curriculum

  • By: Stefinee Pinnegar & Lynnette Erickson
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Teacher-centered curriculum refers to a body of assumptions about the purposes of education, beliefs about knowledge, learners, and learning observable in teacher behaviors and classroom practices. Teacher-centered curriculum embraces an orientation toward education as a venue for socializing students toward enacting their roles in society through mastery of particular skills and traditional values. Beliefs associated with teacher-centered curriculum focus on specific knowledge, including official curriculum and core curriculum. From this orientation, knowledge becomes a commodity transmitted from teachers to learners who are presumed to be receptive vessels. Teacher-centered curriculum is most effectively and efficiently transmitted through methods that impose curricular order and is characterized by pedagogical methods that presume teacher as authority, learning through repetition, and learning as a quantifiable outcome. Teacher-centered curriculum is usually ...

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