Models for Curricular Materials Development: Combining Applied Development Processes with Theory
James Appleton, Frances Lawrenz, Elaine Craft, Wynn Cudmore, Jim Hall, Jack Waintraub
Journal of Science Education and Technology Volume 16, Number 6, ISSN 1059-0145
Developing curricular materials for technical and vocational education is particularly challenging because of the comprehensive requirements for technical education and the rapidity with which technical positions are evolving. Well-educated employees are expected to have general communication, reasoning, problem-solving, and behavioral skills in addition to occupation-specific technical knowledge. Furthermore, technical and vocational education materials must meet the needs of various contexts each with its own unique array of factors which must be accommodated. To assist in the process of materials development, this paper presents a comprehensive and contextualized model as a guide for curricular developers. This model was formed through the synthesis of two theoretical and four applied models, with the outline of the applied models occurring as part of a national evaluation of the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education Program. Examples illuminating the elements of the template are provided.
Appleton, J., Lawrenz, F., Craft, E., Cudmore, W., Hall, J. & Waintraub, J. (2007). Models for Curricular Materials Development: Combining Applied Development Processes with Theory. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 16(6), 491-499. Retrieved May 30, 2023 from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/166437/.
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