Analyzing the curriculum by Posner
Curriculum is an important tool in the teaching activities. It is a tool that describes what is to be taught, what is to be achieved after the teaching activity and the standards to be used to evaluate whether the goals set by the curriculum are achieved. Generally, it guides the teachers, the students and the examiners in their activities. Posner colloquy explains the importance of curriculum in that it sets the goals of teaching and shows how the goals are to be achieved. This is through the various teaching methods that the teachers are to adopt such as giving assignments and teaching in class, group discussions. In addition, curriculum is good in that it tells the students the topics they are supposed to address, the books they are required to read and the content they are supposed to read on each topic. The curriculum generally simplifies work in that the students are able to read on the relevant areas that are examinable.
According to Posner colloquy, curriculum generally outlines all the activities that are expected in any school environment. It guides the school activities hence the stakeholders in learning process play their part effectively hence ensuring quality work in school (Posner, 2004). However, Posner colloquy has not outlines some new issues in education and how they affect curriculum. Distance learning does not usually follow the normal curriculum and Posner colloquy has not shown whether there should be a special curriculum for this group of learners. In addition, online studies do not follow curriculum since it is difficult to perform some curriculum activities when from a far distance. Therefore it can be seen that curriculum is sometimes not followed and hence the quality of education is affected by the emergence of new learning modes that do not follow curriculum.
Posner colloquy has not also outlined that curriculum should be dynamic due to the fact that the learning environment constantly changes. Therefore there is a need to adjust the curriculum to suit the current needs of the education. In addition, it should be highlighted that the relevant stakeholders are not involved in making the curriculum. The teachers and the students are ignored and this is disadvantageous in that some input that is very important may be left out due to this act (Posner, 2004).
Generally curriculum is an important part of educational practice. It should be adhered to ensure that the quality of education is ensured. All the relevant stakeholders should play a part in its formation and also changes should be made in the current curriculum whenever a need arises.
The first student, Abdulaziz, has fully answered the question. The student has responded to the Posner colloquy in the right manner has required by the question. The student has given various views about the curriculum and this shows that the instructions have been well followed. Generally, the student has correctly answered the questions. However, the task lacks two important parts. There is no introduction. One cannot know whether the issue being addressed is about curriculum. This part is important to enable anyone reading the paper knows whether what is being addressed by the paper is what he/she needs or not. The paper also lacks the conclusion. The conclusion generally shows what the paper has addressed in short form. This is an important part in that it enables one to avoid the tiresome task of reading the whole essay.
The second student
The student has also answered the question that requires the views of the student about the curriculum. However, the student has not related these issues to what Posner colloquy has addressed. The views are thoughtful and interesting which shows a lot of creativity. However, the paper lacks an introduction and conclusion. These are important parts in that they show what the paper is going to address and what the paper has found out respectively. Otherwise, the paper is good and interesting to read. It correctly answers the question.
Posner, G. J. (2004). Analyzing the curriculum. Boston: McGraw-Hill.