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Curriculum Issues

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karen d. palcho (kdp)
Tue, 8 Apr 1997 19:24:20 -0400

This message is in reponse to the topic of Inquiry Learning , this weeks
theme on discussion of Our Place in the World, on the Getty website.

Wow. This issue has generated some interesting responses. I have several
new thoughts.

1. Even though I get kids to do the talking through a method previously
descibed, I'm not really doing Inquiry Learning as I understand it now. I
see that it's about kids posing questions, insightful questions. And of
course, I know I'm happy when this happens but I've never thought about it
a measure of my teaching or as a basis for learning. It's easy enough to
begin asking students to ask questions but as Sam Short said, and as
Erickson's Introduction to Inquiry notes, there are alot of kinds of
questions. Hmm. I'll have to think on this. I do think that Paul Bowlin is
on target when he say's " it's the formation of questions and the oursuit
of answers that we should initiate and carry out our essential
investigations into the arts."

2. In regards to Mary Erickson's questions about the usefulness of Our
Place in the World and curriculum resources in general I'd say first that
I'm not particularly looking for content for curriculm development. But I
am looking (with more or less courage) to see how my curriculum compares to
the best and worst of current theory and practice . Participating in these
online discussions and reading other responses gives me alot of food for
thought about what I'm really doing. And this brings up the issue Mary
addressed recently: Accountabilty. We have long acknowledged the benefits
and problems associated with our previous lack of national goals/concensus
on art curriculm objectives and the scope and sequence with which we reach
them. But now we have both national and in the case of PA, state learning
outcomes in the arts. We need to have easy access to successful methods of
structuring learning about history, philosophy, culture and criticism. Our
Place in the World provides this. Most teachers seem to teach studio with
ease relative to the other subjects. And many teachers now include these
subjects in the curriculum. But have our kids really learned? Can they
actually do what state and national goals ask? In front of someone outside
our classrooms? We need to continuously evaluate whether or not our methods
really work. So, I think that using an online curriculum resource as a
focal point for self-evaluation is very beneficial. As I stated before,
participation in a seminar like would be outstanding prep for student
teachers, new teachers and in-service or coursework for experienced

Karen D. Palcho
Wyomissing Area High School
Wyomissing, PA