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Appendix F: Curriculum & Teaching Support Materials



Primarily, to provide area educators (UNK education students and faculty, teachers in area schools, parents and other members of the general public) access to practical teaching resources, such as curriculum guidelines and teaching support materials.

Adminstrator of the Collection:

The Curriculum Librarian, Calvin T. Ryan Library, Lower Level, (308) 865-8276

History of the Collection:

Prior to 2011, Curriculum Guidelines were removed from the collection. States, local school districts, and professional organizations now tend to publish curriculum guidelines and standards online. The existing Curriculum Guideline collection is, as of January 2012, being processed using archival methods to ensure that these historical items remain available for researchers. When the project is complete, the materials will be findable through a digital finding aid.

Curriculum Guidelines were defined by Janet Wilke, former Curriculum Librarian and current Dean of the Library, in her Curriculum and Media Collection Development Policy from May 1989 as follows:

  • A curriculum guide is "a substitute for a formal course of study in which desirable content is suggested rather than prescribed; includes important goals and a variety of learning experiences, teaching aids, and evaluation techniques, from which those considered best suited to a particular situation may be selected." A course of study is "…an aid to teaching in a given subject or area of study for a given grade, combination of grades, or other designated class or instruction group; may include the aims of the course, the expected outcomes, and the scope and nature of the materials to be studied, with suggestions as to suitable, textbooks, supplementary reading, activities, suggested learning experiences, teaching methods, and measurement of achievement." (Dictionary of Education, Carter V. Good, editor. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1973, p. 150, 159.) An item is included in the curriculum guides/courses of study portion of the Teaching Resources Collection if it meets either of these definitions.
  • Curriculum guides/courses of study for grades N-12 from the state and national level are collected selectively, while an attempt is made to acquire local ones comprehensively. Collection emphasis is on materials produced by school systems, school districts, and state departments of education; however, other commercially produced guides/courses of study are also acquired. An attempt is made to provide representative examples for all areas of teaching endorsements offered by Kearney State College.

In the Curriculum and Media Collection Development Policy from May 1989, Teaching Support Materials are described as follows:

  • Teaching support materials are materials containing specific teaching suggestions and ideas on construction of units, lesson plans, exercises and various other teaching and classroom activities. This category includes material to be used by a teacher in a classroom with students or as part of a lesson or unit.
  • Materials supporting the evaluation, study, theory, bibliography or philosophy of classroom teaching are not included in the teaching support materials portion of the Teaching Resources Collection unless they consist predominantly of teaching activities or ideas.

Teaching Support Materials are classified with the "curr" code above the Library of Congress call number.

Note related to the classification code "curr": The "curr" code is also used to identify print versions of children's magazines.

Estimate of Holdings:

There are approximately 4000 individual items in the Curriculum Guidelines and Teaching Support Materials collection.

State, Regional, and National Importance:

The collection serves as a regional resource to area teachers, homeschoolers, and parents, as well as supplementing the educational resources available to the University of Nebraska at Kearney, College of Education.

Locaation of Materials:

Calvin T. Ryan Library Lower Level.

Treatment of Subject:

Primarily practical instructional materials appropriate for early childhood, elementary and secondary education encompassing the following:

  • Academic subject areas: algebra, art, biology, business education, chemistry, computers, consumer education, drama, economics, foreign language, geography, geometry, grammar, health, history, language arts, literature, mathematics, multicultural education, music, Nebraska history, philosophy, physical education, physics, reading, science, social science, spelling, and, vocational education.
  • Methods for providing instruction: activity sheets, bulletin boards, calculators, computers, exercises, experiments, finger play, food preparation, games, gardens, manipulatives, maps, music, primary sources, puppets, puzzles, readers' theater, storytelling, and, writing.
  • Issues and techniques: assessment, books (best books and awards), classroom environment, classroom management, cooperation/competition, critical thinking, curriculum planning, differentiated instruction, early childhood education, English language learning, gifted children, group work, inclusion, library orientation, psychological issues (e.g. self-esteem or motivation), remedial instruction, service learning, and, special education.

Types of Material:

Practical teaching support materials, such as activity and curriculum guides, handbooks, and manuals, containing suggested exercises, experiments, problem solving techniques, treatment options (especially as regards classroom management), assessment and evaluation methods, techniques for addressing various classroom issues, programs, teaching aids and tools.

Place of Publication:

Most materials are published in the United States.