Curriculum Theories in Urban Education

This course is designed for pre-service and in-service teachers currently working in classroom settings and addresses curriculum theory and basic principles of curriculum and instruction. Through the lenses of curriculum theories and ideologies, students will examine their own curricular beliefs, from where they came, and how they affect how they teach and what they teach. Students will work to understand how curricular orientations can affect the experiences of our students and of ourselves. Using theoretically- oriented lenses, students will also examine the following: race and multicultural issues; curricular accountability on student achievement, teacher retention, and teacher burnout; and students’ social class as a possible explanation for achievement.