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Subject-Centered Curriculum Design

Subject-centered curriculum design emphasizes the skills and key facts associated with a field of study. Subject-centered curriculum design is one of three curriculum development models. This model is widely used in large, introductory-level college courses. Put to practice, a psychology professor who teaches using the subject-centered model may prioritize key players associated with social learning, such as Albert Bandura.

Subject-centered curriculum design refers to reviewing the skills, ideas and facts that are critical to a given subject area. Learning activities are developed around these facts. A criticism of this approach is that students may often memorize takeaways from each lesson rather than being able to apply their knowledge to the real world. Classes that use a subject-centered curriculum model are usually heavy on discussions, lectures and questions posed by students. Subject-centered curriculum design is often compared to learner-centered and problem-centered curriculum design.