Factors that affect the curriculum design process

Written by catalina bixler | 13/05/2017
Factors that affect the curriculum design process
Curriculum development is influenced by several factors. (Portrait of a styled children. Theme: education.. image by Andrey Kiselev from Fotolia.com)

Several factors affect all curriculum development in meeting the needs of 21st century learners in both organised academic settings and corporation learning centres. Blueprinting curriculum development requires selecting learning goals, designing knowledge delivery models while creating assessment methods for individual and group progress. Factors affecting curriculum development include government norms, which in turn brings other factors into the process. Valid curriculum development requires awareness of the diversity of the target community socially, financially and psychologically.


Factors that affect the curriculum design process
Politics affect curriculum development in numerous ways. (rhode island state capitol image by Ritu Jethani from Fotolia.com)

How politics influences curriculum design and development starts with funding. Both private and public educational institutions rely on funding for hiring personnel, building and maintaining facilities and equipment. All aspects of curriculum depend on local, state and national political standards. From defining goals, interpreting curricular materials to approving examination systems, politics affects curriculum development.


Factors that affect the curriculum design process
Economics influences curriculum development. (money money image by Valentin Mosichev from Fotolia.com)

Curriculum developed for in house training in corporations focuses on educating employees for promotions that bring better returns in profits. Nations financing education expect an economic return from educated students contributing to the country's economy with global competition abilities in technical fields. Curriculum content influences learner goals, standards for academic achievement with an underlying influence of the nation's economy.


Factors that affect the curriculum design process
Technology driven curriculum development is the norm of the 21st century. (so cheap computers image by Marin Conic from Fotolia.com)

The computer technology of the 21st century influences curriculum development at every level of learning. Learning centres and classrooms increasingly provide computers as requisite interaction for studies among students. Technological multimedia use influences educational goals and learning experiences among students. Undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer technology increases in popularity. .


Factors that affect the curriculum design process
Curriculum development affect from diversity opens learning opportunities. (different colours of man image by chrisharvey from Fotolia.com)

Social diversity including religion, culture and social groupings affects curriculum development because these characteristics influence the types of topics and methods for teaching information. Developing relevant curriculum takes into account society's expectations, accommodating group traditions and promoting equality.

Learning Theories

Factors that affect the curriculum design process
Psychology of learning theories affects curriculum development. (emploi image by Com Evolution from Fotolia.com)

Both child and adult learning theories within the psychology field influence curriculum development. Understanding the psychology behind learning theories implemented in curriculum development maximises learning with content, delivery, interactive activities and experiences initiated at the most opportune teaching moment.


Factors that affect the curriculum design process
Environment issues affect curriculum development. (geste ecologique image by choucashoot from Fotolia.com)

World awareness and action toward reversing and ending pollution continues affecting curriculum development. Typical elementary classrooms teach recycling and healthy environmental practices. Higher education in the sciences offer environmentally-focused degrees.

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