Analyzing Core Curriculum

Use the Ten Curriculum Components from Chapter 3 of Wiggins & McTighe (2007) to redesign your selected curriculum (Core Curriculum).

Please note that are not required to include all curriculum materials (e.g., curriculum maps, rubrics)

You must include a discussion of each of the Ten Curriculum Components as they apply to your selected curriculum (Core Curriculum).

Essentially, you are analyzing your curriculum by evaluating and discussing the extent to which it does not include each of the Ten Curricular Components. Be sure to utilize proper APA formatting for your paper and citations.

Assignment Expectations
The paper should:
• Be between 3-pages long.
• Indicate that you have a good understanding of the required background reading.
• Have an appropriate introduction and conclusion.
• Have a clear and coherent structure.
• Indicate that you have the ability to apply your understanding of the required background reading to answer the above questions.
MAED Case Grading Rubric
Assignment-Driven Criteria (23 points): Demonstrates mastery covering all key elements of the assignment in a substantive way.
Critical Thinking (9 points): Demonstrates mastery conceptualizing the problem. Viewpoints and assumptions of experts are analyzed, synthesized, and evaluated. Conclusions are logically presented with appropriate rationale.
Scholarly Writing (4 points): Demonstrates mastery and proficiency in scholarly written communication to an appropriately specialized audience.
Quality of References and Assignment Organization (6 points): Demonstrates mastery using relevant and quality sources and uses appropriate, relevant, and compelling content to support ideas, convey understanding of the topic and shape the whole work.
Citing Sources (3 points): Demonstrates mastery using in-text citations of sources and properly format full source information in the reference list (bibliography).
Timeliness (5 points): Assignment submitted on time or collaborated with professor for an approved extension before the module due date.

Required Reading

Denton, J., Kleist, V. F., Surendra, N. (2005) Curriculum and course design: A new approach using quality function deployment. Journal of Education for Business, 81(2), 111-117.

Harden, R. N., & Stamper, M. What is a spiral curriculum? Medical Teacher, 21(2),141-143.

Hlebowitsh, P. (n.d.). Ralph W. Tyler (1902-1994) Contribution to testing and curriculum development, advisory role. Retrieved from

Pemberton, J. B., Rademacher, J. A., Tyler-Wood, T., Cerijo, M. V. P. (2006) Aligning assessments with state curriculum standards and teaching strategies. Intervention in School and Clinic, 41(5), 283-289.

Tyler, R. (1976). Two new emphases in curriculum development. Retrieved from

Tyler, R. W. (2013). Basic principles of curriculum and instruction. University of Chicago Press. Retrieved from

Tomlinson, C. A. (2005). Quality curriculum and instruction for highly able students. Theory into Practice, 44(2).

Part I, Chapter 3: How Should Curriculum Be Re-Formed

Part II, Chapter 8: How Should Backward Design Apply to School Reform?

Wiggins, G., and McTighe, J. (2007). Schooling by design. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

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