4th International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED), Valencia, Spain, 8 - 10 March 2010, pp.1764-1774
The fundamental aim of this research is to compare the 1997 and 2006 curricula, both of which were developed for the first stage English course of primary education, on the basis of basic elements and principles of curriculum development. For that purpose, the former and the novel curricula (grades 4 and 5) were analysed according to objectives, content, teaching-learning process, and evaluation-which are the basic components of the curriculum-comparatively; and thus the modifications were spotted. Document review, one of the qualitative research methods, was adopted in the research. This current research also makes an attempt at evaluating the conclusions of the studies concerning the evaluation of the curricula. In conclusion, it may be said that compared to the previous curriculum the novel curriculum-in which communicative and functional method is weighted-is more student-centered, and that it aims to instill in students skills of independent working and taking on more responsibilities. It is believed that it will be useful to evaluate the English curricula applied in the first stage of primary education and to develop them in the light of research findings revealing the problems encountered in application.