A SCHOOL-BASED CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROCESS TO FACILITATE THE OPERATIONALIZATION OF VALUE-ORIENTED EDUCATIONAL GOALS IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA: A THEORETICAL MODEL (CATHOLIC EDUCATION, PENNSYLVANIA)

LAWRENCE J COLHOCKER, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract

Based upon the traditional indices of success such as academic achievement levels and college acceptance rates, recent national studies such as the Greeley and Colman reports have indicated that Catholic schools provide effective educational programs. However, this same research has also revealed that, although schools do have an impact upon the students' religious values, the extent of that impact remains minimal in the light of the schools' stated ultimate goals. A few studies and the author's experience at all levels of Catholic education indicate that the successful transmission of values to young adults in school settings requires the syncretism of a variety of critical and complex factors including (1) a statement of philosophy and goals which clearly express the Gospel-related values to which the institution is committed and (2) a curricular and instructional program infused with those values. The research methodology required for the study was completed in two phases: (1) historical research and analysis to trace in primary and secondary sources the development of the problem and (2) documentary research and analysis involving the collection, evaluation, interpretation, and synthesis of available empirical evidence and scholarly opinion directly related to the question. Consequently, on the basis of this research, the study (1) investigates the historical, philosophical, and curricular foundations of the Catholic secondary school system, especially that of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia; (2) suggests guidelines for the development of an Archdiocesan mission statement and, at the local school level, a philosophy of education which defines the Christian values to which the school is committed; (3) develops principles for the generation of educational aims at the Archdiocesan level and the stipulation of educational goals at the local school level; (4) develops guidelines for the establishment of a school-based, systematic curriculum design process for the development of educational programs infused with the values inherent in the school's philosophy and goals; (5) outlines principles for the implementation of an instructional design process to facilitate the integration of Gospel values; (6) provides general guidelines for the implementation of the curricular and instructional design process; and (7) suggests general guidelines for the formative and summative evaluation of the programs. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.)

Subject Area

Curricula|Teaching

Recommended Citation

COLHOCKER, LAWRENCE J, "A SCHOOL-BASED CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROCESS TO FACILITATE THE OPERATIONALIZATION OF VALUE-ORIENTED EDUCATIONAL GOALS IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA: A THEORETICAL MODEL (CATHOLIC EDUCATION, PENNSYLVANIA)" (1984). Dissertations available from ProQuest. AAI8525659.
https://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI8525659

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