The Curriculum Process



The content dimension of curriculum focuses on the subject matter or information in a learning activity. Content may be simpletargeting facts, rules, or details relating to the area of study. Content may also be complex--focusing on issues, problems, or themes relating to the area of study.


The process dimension of curriculum focuses on thinking skills and may be divided into two areas--basic and abstract. Basic processes include the skills of knowing, recalling, understanding, and using information. Abstract processes include analytical thinking, creative thinking, critical thinking, and problem solving.


The product dimension of curriculum includes the vehicles through which students communicate ideas and information. Products may be classified as kinesthetic, oral, visual, and written.


In The Alexander Graham Bell Regional Gifted Center, emphasis in instruction is placed on both the content and process dimensions. To demonstrate their learning across the content areas, children at all grade levels engage in a wide range of activities that result in varying products. Activities and products reflect the acquisition of content, from simple to complex, through a range of processes, basic to abstract. 


A sampling of these activities and products includes (but is not limited to):


Written

Research papers 

Letters 

Diaries 

Essays 

Poetry 

Newspapers 

Reviews 

Synopses 

Surveys 

Evaluations 


Oral

Debates

Interviews

Speeches

Songs

Panels

Critiques

Discussions

Lectures


Kinesthetic

Dioramas

Costumes

Historical Era Parties

Simulations

Performances

Field Trips

Games

Inventions

Experiments

Models


Visual

Book Covers

Pamphlets

Graphic Organizers

Drawings

PowerPoint Presentations

Cartoons

Posters

Timelines

Maps

Graphs