A Critical Appraisal of Teachers’ Role as Developers of Instructional Materials
The choice of content for teaching and the nature of instructional materials determine, to a large extent, the environment in which teachers, students, and materials interact in the teaching-learning process. The present paper aims at describing the roles teachers should assume to have in developing instructional materials. It deals with the approaches to the teacher curriculum materials development, teachers' role as the agents of curriculum enhancement and modification along with a critical appraisal of teachers’ selection and development of materials and activities. The paper concludes that materials development encompasses decisions about the actual materials teachers use, and they are influenced by their beliefs and understandings about teaching and learning languages as they apply to a particular course in a particular context. It also concludes that teachers’ involvement is critical to the success of a curriculum, but teachers cannot alone and on their own create and sustain it.
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