Curriculum Proposal

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THE THESIS PROPOSAL: DESIGNING CURRICULUM

Objectives of these Guidelines:

These guidelines will prepare the student to be able to:

1.List and describe the chapters and subsections of a thesis proposal and a research report and their proper order.

2.Describe the characteristics of an appropriate proposal title.

3.Compare and contrast the styles appropriate for (1) a dissertation or thesis, (2) a research proposal, (3) a research report, (4) a professional paper, and (5) a journal article.

CURRICULUM PROPOSAL OUTLINE

Cover Page
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction
(Need for the Study, Justification)
Problem Statement
Objectives
Definitions of Terms
Limitations of the Study
Basic Assumptions
Chapter 2 - Review of Literature
(Can have sections deemed necessary)
Chapter 3 - Procedures
Curriculum Design
Subject Selection
Outcome Measures (of the project/thesis)
Conditions of Presenting the Curriculum
Treatments - What are the Unit(s)/Lessons?
Evaluation (of the subjects after each lesson)
*plus

** Chapter 4 presentation should follow the same sequence and topics as that presented in Chapter 3. **

Chapter 4 - Results (The actual unit(s) & lessons)
Findings Relative to problem
Field Test Results
Summary of Data
Chapter 5 - Discussion

*Bibliography
*Appendices
ELEMENTS OF THE CURRICULUM PROPOSAL

Cover Page

Follow the style prescribed by the style manual suggested by the university, department or adviser. For the M.Ed., follow the APA style.

Title -Should contain key words or phrases to give a clear and concise description of the scope and nature of the report, and key words should allow bibliographers to index the study in proper categories (Van Dalen, 1979:406).

-Indicate major concepts to be addresses
-Indicate nature of curricula
*non-formal
*formal
*experiential
-Indicate target audience
-Avoid words like:
"A Study of........”
"An Investigation of ........”
"A Survey of ........”
-Example dissertation title:
"A Process for Determining Competencies for the Performance of Essential Activities for Environmental Literacy by Environmental Education Center Personnel in the Environmental Education Industry and the Loci in Which the Competencies Could Be Taught.”

Journal article title for the above:
"What does it take to teach kids about nature?”

Table of Contents

Follow appropriate style (APA)
Gives bird’s-eye view of dissertation or thesis
Not "generally” provided in reports, papers or articles

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Background and Setting

-Provide reader with necessary background and setting to put the problem in proper context. -Lets the reader see the basis for the study.
-Justifies and convinces the reader that the study is needed. -Be factual--statements, opinions and points of view should be documented. (Differentiate between those that are your own and those from the literature.) -Provide a logical lead-in to a clear and concise statement of the problem. -Your "sales pitch.”

-In a proposal for funding, address capabilities and capacity of individuals and agency/institution in this section. -Where appropriate, provides support with reference to literature.

Statement of the Problem

Describe characteristics of properly stated problems. Clearly describe the problem to be researched.

Objectives of the Study

-Be sure to understand the meaning of "Objectives”.
-Best located after the statement of the problem.
-Indicate the learning to be provided.
-Make clear the direct connection between specific objectives and related literature and theory -Be sure to list objectives in proper sequence. Follow that sequence throughout the remainder of the paper.

Definitions of Terms

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