Profile Issues in Teachers` Professional Development
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ORTIZ C, Aurora et al. Revising a Foreign Language Curriculum: A Challenging and Enhancing Experience at a Public School in Bogotá. profile [online]. 2006, n.7, pp. 9-29. ISSN 1657-0790.
Curriculum design essentially improves education standards; however, for teachers it remains a taboo kept for academics. Nevertheless, curriculum design begins with teachers reflections. It goes from examining situations to piloting and adjusting proposals. This project involved teachers interested in improving the English learning process at a technical public school. The objective was designing a curriculum that conveyed community interests. First, documents describing existing curricular guidelines were analyzed, then surveys were applied, they evidenced strengths and weaknesses of the current program. Data interpretation showed mixed perceptions regarding the English programme among community members. Even teachers had different perceptions about curricular elements presented in school documents. This phenomenon leads us to consider the implications of a project regarding curriculum design.
Keywords : Curriculum; curriculum design; community interests; data analysis.