Innovations in Secondary Education

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The Curriculum: Student-Centered Innovation and Renewal

Although the high school curriculum continues to be characterized by courses and classes, the 1970s seem to be a transitional period from the 1960s' updating of the academics to a more comprehensive curriculum reformation. The new trend is toward matching individual student needs with appropriate learning opportunities. How long this revolution may take, or even whether it will be completed, we cannot predict, but it is occurring.

In this chapter we therefore give particular attention to these student-centered emphases as they can be identified in the common academic areas of English, mathematics, science, and social studies; in the other established areas of the curriculum; and in various less easily classified efforts to match new curriculum objectives with new and emergent programs.


INNOVATION IN THE COMMON ACADEMIC AREAS

Increased options for students that characterize student-centered curriculum innovations (see Chapter 2) still have not reduced enroll

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