Reading Between the Lines
As you read Chapter One, you saw that some educators prefer to think about the curriculum in terms of what should happen, that is, a plan. Others prefer to think of it in terms of what actually happens, the experience. Take your choice: curriculum as prescription or curriculum as description. Another way to consider the matter is in terms of intentions versus outcomes. However, the use of the term “outcomes,” especially with reference to outcomes-based education in recent years, has muddied the waters. If we think of outcomes in terms of what actually occurs, then we use the term in the experiential sense. On the other hand, if we mean a forecast of skills and knowledge to be mastered, then we are in fact using it from the point of view of the planned curriculum.