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Hero’s Narrative: The Role of a Teacher in Curriculum Development in Meeting Changing Educational Demands

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It is no doubt that in today’s fast changing world, public education in general and teaching practice in particular is also changing. The role of teachers, parents, and students are changing and they are forced to adopt new strategies in order to meet the increasing demands and achieve desirable learning and teaching outcomes (Lipton and Jeannie, 2007, p. 9). Teaching practices of the modern times have changed fundamentally from the traditional techniques. It does not consist primarily of lectures to students who just sit in rows at desks and required to listen dutifully and record what they hear. Instead, teaching is calling for instruction methods that offer each learner a unique, rewarding, and rich learning experience (Svinicki et al, 2011, 28). The learning experience should not confine learners in the classroom but it should extend into community and home, as well as around the world. In the modern age, information is not primarily bound in books, but rather it is available virtually everywhere. As such, students are not merely consumers of facts and knowledge; they have become active knowledge creators (Jackson & Bruegmann, 2009, p. 12).

The changing times in the educational system has led to raging debates mainly between traditionalists and liberalists on curriculum development to suit emerging needs. On one hand, traditionalists are cautioning against the move to reform the curriculum drastically because they believe that trends are temporary (Wan, 2011, p. 36). On the other hand, liberalists argue that teachers should keep up with change to ensure that students are not disadvantaged (Kyriacou, 2009, p. 145). As I move into my role as an educator, I find myself deeply involved in this conflict; it is a battleground that I need to define my position and maneuver my way in the best way possible………………

The Role of a Teacher in Curriculum Development in Meeting Changing Educational Demands