ISBN 9781942876823
Pages 336
Dimensions 235 x 191mm
Published 2021
Publisher Spears Media Press, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Perspectives in Curriculum Studies

by Martha M. A. Zama, Margaret Nalova Endeley

Perspectives in Curriculum Studies by Margaret Nalova Endeley and Martha Ashuntantang Zama is a comprehensive textbook for graduate students of Curriculum Studies and Instruction, and a guide for education practitioners wherein they articulate contemporary curriculum concepts, principles and applications in the field. With illustrations from informed African perspectives, the authors situate curriculum theory and practice in local contexts so that African scholars, educators, and others may be equipped with knowledge and skills to develop and maintain appropriate and relevant curricula for quality education. Framed in sixteen chapters, grouped in five parts, the text begins with the exposition of basic terminology, curriculum theory and foundations of the curriculum before delving profoundly into the curriculum development process. The latter portion gives the reader the opportunity to explore, analyse and evaluate different curriculum planning approaches and models, curriculum design dimensions and patterns, and procedures for the development of syllabuses, textbooks, and other curriculum materials. Also, Curriculum implementation tasks as well as strategies for evaluation of programs and courses are presented and discussed. Since curriculum and instruction are highly intertwined notions, instructional design is elaborately treated in two chapters bringing out its theoretical underpinnings and procedures. The book closes with global perspectives of curriculum development in practice. The goal here is to provide insights into trends, issues, and challenges not only in curriculum development but also in the curriculum field, which should generate action towards the improvement of curriculum practice and spur the search for new knowledge.

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“… in writing this book, the authors seek to reinvigorate a qualitative system of education and training based on promoting contents and practices with African core values. The well-researched volume provides valuable resources for developing education stakeholders most especially curriculum specialists, teacher educators, teachers and education researchers. I hail their industry.”

Theresa M.S. Tchombe, PhD, Emeritus professor and Honorary Dean, UNESCO Chair of Special needs education, University of Buea

“As an educationist myself, I was familiar with the concept of curriculum before I read this book, but Margaret and Martha explain it in an intriguing and simplified format, driving home key concepts like the foundations of the curriculum, curriculum development process, and instructional design. Illustrations in the book cut across developed and developing countries. This book is a must-read for curriculum developers and practicing educators in order to avoid the errors of the past. Again, this is a must read whether you have just begun curriculum studies or you are an experienced guru in this domain. The depth to which the authors have dissected this topic of curriculum indicates that they are fast joining the leading authorities in this field.”

Nelson Ngoh, M.Sc., PhD, Professor of Science Education, University of Bridgeport, CT, USA

About the Authors

Martha M. A. Zama

Dr. Martha M. A. Zama obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education/ Zoology and Master of Education in Curriculum and Methodology degrees from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, and a PhD in Curriculum Studies and Teaching from the University of Buea. After 15 years of secondary school teaching in Nigeria and Cameroon, she moved to the Ministry of Higher Education in Cameroon serving primarily as a member of the university administration, and an adjunct lecturer in teacher education establishments and departments at the universities of Buea and Bamenda, spanning various periods. For 23 years, she taught courses in Curriculum and Pedagogy at both undergraduate and graduate levels and co-supervised several M. Ed dissertations. Commitment and passion for teaching opened her up to several opportunities as a participant and resource person in local, and national curriculum and teaching workshops, conferences, and commissions. Notably, she served as national vice-president of the scientific committee during the development of the 2018 Cameroon primary school curriculum. She is now retired from administrative duties but continues to work as an independent scholar.

Margaret Nalova Endeley

Margaret Nalova Endeley is an Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies and Teaching in the Faculty of Education, University of Buea, Cameroon. Her passion for teaching has paid off with 27 years of a rich teaching career. She has taught across levels, from secondary to Higher Education. She has a diploma in English Modern Letters from the Higher Teacher’s Training College annex in Bambili; a Bachelor’s degree in English Modern Letters from the University of Yaoundé; a Master’s degree and a PhD in Curriculum Studies and Teaching from the University of Buea, Cameroon. Her research interest areas include teacher education, pedagogy, inclusive education and more recently peace education. She has published extensively and presently she is Vice dean of Studies and Students’ Affairs in the Faculty of Education. She is a mother of three adult children.