Education - Curriculum Reforms - The Past 25 Years Analytical Essay by write123

Education - Curriculum Reforms - The Past 25 Years
A review of the changes in curriculum over the past 25 years.
# 106264 | 1,098 words | 4 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 30, 2008 in Education (Curriculum)

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The paper defines "curriculum" and states that the educational curriculum has undergone dramatic changes, reflecting the changes in culture today. The paper relates that the educational curriculum has undergone many reforms, as the classrooms of today are filled with students of diverse age, socioeconomic status, etc. and that their diversity is definitely greater today than at any other time in the history of education. This paper analyzes and outlines the reforms in the educational curriculum over the past 25 years and includes a discussion on diversity.

Definition of Curriculum
Curriculum Reforms

From the Paper:

"Diverse educational goals, as well as varying life and economic circumstances, produce different patterns in student attendance. What was at one time the traditional college student, a white male of 18 to 20 years old, attending a four-year, liberal arts college full-time, and living on campus, is now a minority student in higher education. In addition to those students, the current college population also includes significant proportions of older students returning to school due to changes in the economy, women's roles, and work environments. Over half of the undergraduate population is over 21 years of age, and 41 percent are over 24 years of age. Another difference is the socioeconomic status of current students. This ranges from those whose families are able to finance their education fully, to adults whose incomes must also cover family expenses, to low-income students who require financial assistance. Students from lower economic and societal classes during their youth have led many of today's college students to value vocational training over learning for learning's sake. As compared to the past, women currently make up the majority of most institutions' undergraduate student bodies."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Carter, D. & Wilson, R. (1995). Thirteenth annual status report on minorities in higher education. Washington, DC: American Council on Education.
  • Kelly, A. V. (1999). The Curriculum. Theory and practice 4e, London: Paul Chapman.
  • Pometto, A. (2003). Ethics Across the Curriculum: A Practice-Based Approach. Retrieved November 28, 2007 from
  • Smith, M. K. (2000). Curriculum theory and practice. Retrieved November 28, 2007 from

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