Teacher Centered Curriculum, The Role of Teachers & Curriculum

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 11:35 -- Umar Farooq

In teacher centered curriculum design, the teacher is the center of interest. This types of curriculum emphases the involvement of the teacher in the curriculum development. Teacher plays an important role in the development of the student. He participates in a number of activities at a classroom level. For instance, they select teaching materials, teaching strategies, use of audio-visual aids and so on

So, teacher should take interest in any combination of curriculum development decision making role at the school level. Following are the roles of teacher in curriculum development

  1. Implementers of developed curriculum
  2. Adapters
  3. Developers
  4. Researches

1. Implementers

As an “Implementer” or “receiver”, the teacher role is to apply the developed curriculum else where. In this role the teacher has the minimum of responsibility and involvement in the curriculum development phase of the curriculum process, though he has a significant role in the application phase of this process.

2. Adapters

As an adopters, the role of the teacher is just the same as an implementer, this is some what conceptual term which indicates that the teacher become ready to accept the curriculum in order to implement it.

3. Developers

As a developer, the teacher role is to take part in the curriculum development process. In Pakistan, some respective teachers are being invited to attend various meetings held by the higher authorities in order to make contributions in curriculum development or curriculum evaluation process.

4. Researchers

Curriculum is a dynamic process, keeping in view the characteristics, there is a need to conduct research in order to bring about desirable changes in the curriculum. Teachers in the most of the countries are taking part in various types of researchers in curriculum development process.  These are

  1. To review the curriculum
  2. To evaluate the curriculum 

Finally the role of teachers and curriculum development are linked with one another.