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Journal on Curriculum and Syllabus. What do they mean and how do they differ?

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Journal on Curriculum and Syllabus When I ask myself what curriculum means to me, I always indicate that it means the set of courses, and their content, offered at a school or university. However, the word "curriculum" as it is defined from its early Latin origins means literally "to run a course." If one thinks of a marathon with mile and direction markers, signposts, water stations, and officials and coaches along the route, this beginning definition is a metaphor for what the curriculum has become in the education of our children. Some high schools have curriculum specially designed for students who plan to work in a trade after finishing high school. ...read more.


Many people still equate a curriculum with a syllabus. The people that still equate curriculum with a syllabus they are likely to limit their planning to a consideration of the content or the body of knowledge that they wish to transmit. 'It is also because this view of curriculum has been adopted that many teachers in primary schools', Kelly (1985, p. 7) claims, 'have regarded issues of curriculum as of no concern to them, since they have not regarded their task as being to transmit bodies of knowledge in this manner'. Then what is syllabus? Syllabus is a detailed and operational statement of teaching and learning elements which translates the philosophy of the curriculum into a series of planned steps leading towards more narrowly defined objectives at each level. ...read more.


Based on Systematic Model for Syllabus Design (Brown, 1996), there are 3 stages in designing syllabus. The first thing is planning stage which are compiled in seven steps which are diagnosis of need, formulation of objectives, selection of content, organization of content, selection of learning experiences, organization of learning experiences and determination of what to evaluate and of the ways and means of doing it. The second stage is dissemination and implementation that involves four step which are develop testing (pre-test, formative test, and achievement test), develop teaching materials, train teachers or socialize the syllabus and its components, conduct on-going evaluation of the program implementation. Then the last stage is evaluation and revision stage which is conducted by a team of curriculum development or related experts. Then, the result of evaluation is used to reconstruct the next syllabus. ...read more.

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