Among the numerous components of educational processes and practice outside the learner, the curriculum is the most central. All other activities, resources, facilities personnel and even clients in the education sector are geared towards ensuring that the curriculum has the expected impact on the behavior of the learner.
Administrative competence, planning strategies, counseling techniques and all technological innovations in the educational discipline therefore become supportive to the curriculum.
This book examines the dynamics existing in the curriculum sub-sector of education and professionalism in teaching, a process of education, as a contribution to better preparation of today’s youths for that unknown tomorrow. Effects of globalization arising from improved communication, computer and transportation technologies are holding out for them serious challenges that the curriculum must be prepared to meet. For that to be successful, teachers must be true professionals. They must exhibit adequate level of professional commitment, skills, ethical standards, high level of knowledge and competence. Curriculum dynamics and professionalism in teaching was born out of the burning desire to rekindle, among the current and would-be professionals, the waning spirit of the doyen of professions.
The book has eight brief chapters that are designed to examine old educational concepts in the light of contemporary issues and problems without losing sight of the individual differences in perception and other demands. Curriculum dynamics arising from differential philosophical viewpoints is simpli?ed for the "young readers". Various curriculum models are also resented to emphasize differences in curriculum outlook. The various roles of the professional teacher and possible problems are also highlighted.
Complementary to this book is curriculum technologies: methods, media and their utilization that focuses on the technicalities of successful teaching. Both books are highly recommended to all educators, teacher trainers and trainees at all levels of teacher education. The two books are invaluable.April, 2001
Inyang-Abia, M. E. (Ph.D)
Department of Educational Technology
Institute of Education
University of Calabar
Calabar , Nigeria.