Curriculum diversity, standards, accountability and control are central issues in curriculum policy at all levels (Campbell, 1985). The curriculum framework refers to the aims, principles and procedure which affect all learning programs. The literature on curriculum reforms points out the advantages of bottom up curriculum reforms as opposed to top down curriculum reforms which are imposed on those who are supposed to implement them. Teachers and faculty members who feel involved in the change process are willing and even enthusiastic about implementing the necessary changes instead of opposing them. DOIT is a bottom up program based on a partnership formed among professionals who believe in the importance of educating pre service and in service students in the spirit of living and working in a multicultural environment. Moreover, the future teachers gain the skills necessary for developing curriculum and for assessing it in a critical manner, according to clear principles. The double aim of this course is to provide the basis for curriculum development and assessment in general, and for curriculum development and assessment in multicultural education, in particular. The course will provide a basis for a realistic appraisal of the curriculum in terms of relevance for all learners, flexibility and competence in a multicultural society.
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