Academic journal article Researchers World

Designing Effective Course Curriculum for Enhancing Qualityof Environmental Education through Distance Institutions

Academic journal article Researchers World

Designing Effective Course Curriculum for Enhancing Qualityof Environmental Education through Distance Institutions

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ABSTRACT

Continuous curriculum planning is seen today as an integral aspect of a good educational program. It is a constant striving to improve the quality of instruction. Development of very effective, learner centric course curriculum is very much essential in the distance learning process when question comes over environmental education program. Since environmental education appears to be the process that equips human beings with awareness,knowledge, skills, attitudes and commitment to improve environment, the whole process is valueless without a well-structured standard course curriculum. In the distance education process it is very challenging task to create interaction process without the presence of the audience.The main purpose of the EE program will be fulfilled when a positive attitude towards environment could be created .But in absentia of the proper instructor; the learners have to follow up the actual meaning of the lessons which seems really a very complex process where traditional systems fail to serve for the purpose. So this paper has made an attempt to critically evaluate the various dimensions, strategies and approaches and procedure of development of effective curriculum in distance education sector with special reference to environmental education program. This study also included a micro level content analysis study of curriculum of KKHSOU and IDOL (G.U.) especially for the compulsory Environmental Education program. Methodologies followed for the study were Questionnaire method, Content analysis method, Literature survey method and secondary document analysis. This paper will give a deep insight to the policy makers, academicians in revising the course curriculum, finding out the lacunae and developing a meaningful learner centric educational program.

Keyword: Curriculum, Distant education, Environment.

INTRODUCTION:

To develop a citizenry that is aware of, and concerned about, the total environment, and its associated problems, and which has the knowledge, attitudes, motivations, commitment, and skills to work individually and collectively toward solutions of current problems and the prevention of new ones.

(Tbilisi, USSR, 1977)

Building an educational program around the persistent life situations faced by learners requires that curriculum development be a central function of all who guide the learning experiences of children and youth.Because the curriculum for each group of learners is developing their attitude, their knowledge within the surroundings of that environment only .So the development of the educational curriculum cannot be counted in the production of typical course study which is the main basis of the entire program .An effective ,learner centric standardized course curriculum in distance education sector is thus proven to be the best mediator in communicating with the target audiences .Fundamentally improvement in teaching and learning follows from changes in people-changes their skills, understandings, values, relationships and use of resources no matter what the curriculum design may be.

Curriculum changes have always lagged behind the social and historical changes.One would expect that these profound changes in the aims of the education which follow revolution in world thought would be reflected in equally fundamental changes in the curriculum of the school; but in practice the changes have always been tardy and have seldom been complete. In order to determine the content of the curriculum the aim of the education must be stated in terms of both ideals and of activities. When the aims is stated in term of ideas only ,there is always a gap between the aims as stated and the curriculum as ostensibly derived from such a statement. Conversely, when the activities are stated without the ideals which dominate them,there is no means of selecting the proper method of performing the activities.

One would expect that those profound changes in the aims of education which follow revolutions in world through would be reflected in equally fundamental changes in the curriculum of the school;but in practice the changes have always been tardy and have seldom been complete. …

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