Barstow Community College Curriculum Model Analysis

Research two of the curriculum modelsfrom the list below:

  • Creative Curriculum
  • Bank Street Approach
  • High/Scope Curriculum
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Project Approach
  • Montessori
  • Emergent Curriculum
  • Waldorf Approach

You will then write a Paper to Discuss andAnalyze the models.  In the discussion section of your paper, you will ensure for each model your paper addresses the questions and contains the information asked for below.

  • Curriculum model name and founder/developer
  • Curriculum model focus, components and philosophy (e.g., child development, role of the teacher, and family collaboration)
  • The inside environment 

    • Describe how the classroom environment is part of the curriculum, the types of materials used, and how the children interact with the materials.
  • The outside environment 

    • Describe how the outside environment is used. Is it part of the formal curriculum? 
  • Teacher’s role 

    • Describe how the teacher’s plan, present and facilitate the curriculum. 
    • Describe the teacher’s role in the classroom.
    • Describe how families are involved in the curriculum process, including how the curriculum and learning is communicated with families. 
  • Is the model academically or developmentally oriented? Answer the following questions (your answers should demonstrate critical reflection, comparison to DAP principles, etc.).  

    • How does the curriculum (activities, environment, and interactions), promote active learning?
    • Does the curriculum encourage children to construct knowledge?
    • What domains (e.g., Cognitive, Language, Social, Physical, Aesthetic) is the curriculum geared towards?
    • Is the curriculum sensitive and respectful of cultural and linguistic diversity? Describe.
    • Does the curriculum encourage children to express their individuality?
    • Is the focus on process/experience rather than product? 
    • What is the role of play in the curriculum?

The Conclusion section of your paper, will Compare and Contrast the two curriculum models by answering the questions below:   

  • To what extent are the curriculum models experienced by children different from each other? 
  • Reflect on your comfort with each curriculum model. What stood out to you as best practices? Were there any ideas, or practices that you feel are not developmentally appropriate, or that concern /confuse you?  
  • What curriculum model were you (or your children) introduced to as a young child in preschool or Kindergarten?
  • What new ideas/thoughts do you have? How will understanding the different curriculum models influence your curriculum planning?  
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