Curriculum Development: What are some of the advantages and criticisms of the broad fields of design?

CHAPTER FIVE
CURRICULUM DESIGN

5a iv). List some of the advantages and criticisms of the broad fields of design.

Advantage of Broad Fields Design

The advocates of broad-fields design argue that;

  • It is based on separate subjects, so it provides for an orderly and systematic exposure to the cultural heritage.
  • It integrates separate subjects into a single course. This enables learners to see the relationship among various elements in the curriculum.
  • It saves time on the school timetable.
  • Prepares a student for self-reliance and survival skills.

Criticisms of Broad fields Design

Opponents of broad-fields curriculum design claim that;

  1. It lacks depth and cultivates shallowness.
  2. It provides only bits and pieces of information from a variety of subjects.
  3. It does not account for psychological organization by which learning takes place

 

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