Summary of Ornstein

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Curriculum: Foundations, Principles, and Issues
By Allan C. Ornstein and Francis P. Hunkins
Curriculum and Instruction 411 – Curriculum
Dr. Adel T. AL-Bataineh
Date: May 22, 2002
Larry Pahl cell: 630-400-5132 home: 630-483-9970
Chapter 1 Overview. View of Curriculum
PART I Foundations of Curriculum
Chapter 2. Philosophical Foundations of Curriculum
Chapter 3. Historical Foundations of Curriculum
Chapter 4. Psychological Foundations of Curriculum
Chapter 5. Social Foundations of Curriculum
Chapter 6. Curriculum Theory

Part II. Principles of Curriculum
Chapter 7. Curriculum Development
Chapter 8. Curriculum Design
Chapter 9. Aims, Goals, and Objectives
Chapter 10.
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Fourthly it can be defined as a field of study, a separate discipline. Fifthly it can be considered in its most commonly recognized form, the traditional subject matter of math, science, history and so on.
I suggested a different definition in my summary, because I felt those in the text, with the possible exception of number two, were lacking in keeping in view the object of curriculum—the educational development of someone or some group of people. And I felt this aspect was implicit in the etymology of the word, thus making me feel like I am in the realm of legitimacy in this definition.
What approach to curriculum do most educators adopt? Most educators use the behavioral approach, which is technical and scientific, uses principles, models and/or strategies to help devise a curriculum that designates goal and objectives that need to be met through instruction or various activities (Ornstein & Hunkins, 1998).
How do the foundations of education influence curriculum? It seems to me that anyone who would take upon himself the responsibility of curriculum design would be heavily immersed in the foundations of education. They would have a philosophy of education, a knowledge of human nature, an understanding of how students learn, of what motivates them, of how they are effected by social environment, and of the best educational traditions from the past. If this is the case, then the foundations of education