Butler, Frederick Thomas. (1975) Problems of housing and planning in a growing urban centre. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
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The major purpose of this study was to develop a unit of curriculum and instruction based on the theories of Mauritz Johnson, Jr. (1967, 1969) and the criteria of the Canada Studies Foundation. -- The unit developed, Problems of housing and planning in a growing urban centre, is part of an interdisciplinary, multi-media kit which is presently being developed by the St. John's team of Project Atlantic Canada. The kit includes student booklets, teacher's guidebook, slide tape production, wall charts and aerial photographs. The writer participated in the development and selection of many of the materials in the kit. -- The unit was formatively evaluated at several stages of the developmental process. Materials were appraised by experts in social studies education and audio visual education to establish the validity and teachability of the unit. Guiding questions (Anderson, 1972; Hodgetts, Tomkins, and Bowles, 1974) for the development of units of curriculum and instruction were employed throughout the formative evaluation to ensure adherence to Johnson's theories and the criteria of the Canada Studies Foundation. Fry's readability formula (Fry, 1968) was applied to determine the reading level of the student narrative. Finally, the unit was field tested in six classrooms. The major conclusions which result from this study are as follows: -- 1. Johnson's theories (1967, 1968) can be used as a theoretical framework on which to build a unit of curriculum and instruction. -- 2. The criteria of the Canada Studies Foundation can be incorporated into the development of a unit of curriculum and instruction. -- 3. The theories of Mauritz Johnson, Jr., used in conjunction with the criteria of the Canada Studies Foundation can provide a useful framework for involvement in curriculum development by an inexperienced developer. -- 4. The Guiding questions to aid in the development of curriculum and instruction units (Anderson, 1972) can aid in the formative evaluation of units of curriculum and instruction. -- 5. The Guiding questions for developing Canada studies curricula (Hodgetts, Tomkins, and Bowles, 1974) can be useful in the evaluation process of curriculum development, -- 6. The unit developed can be successfully taught to junior high school students. -- 7. Both students and teachers enjoyed and understood the -- materials and activities of the unit developed. -- 8. Both students and teachers considered the materials and activities used throughout the unit developed to be appropriate -- 9. The unit developed can be used to supplement existing social studies programs in Canada studies.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Masters)|
|Additional Information:||Bibliography: leaves 77-81.|
|Department(s):||Education, Faculty of|
|Geographic Location:||Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador--Avalon Peninsula--St. John's;|
|Library of Congress Subject Heading:||Curriculum planning--Newfoundland and Labrador; St. John's (N.L.)--History--Study and teaching|
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