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A functional curriculum in professional forestry

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  • The purpose of this study is twofold: first, the construction of a major framework outlining a functional curriculum in professional forestry and, second, the suggesting of a method of procedure that will enable a staff in any forestry school to develop a functional curriculum adapted to local needs. No attempt is made to present a detailed curriculum or to outline a precise course of study. It is assumed, however, that if the two major pur­poses of the study are achieved satisfactorily, they will provide a valuable guide to proper approaches and procedures for forestry school faculties inter­ested in developing a functional curriculum based on the particular require­ments of the region. It is recognized that American forestry practice varies somewhat in different regions. These differences in practice, it is felt, do not change the general pattern but are reflected in the relative importance of different units. It is hoped that schools of forestry will find this framework satisfac­tory for use as a basic structure within which to incorporate specific changes in keeping with variations that may occur in the work of a forester and in keeping with sound educational practice. The suggested procedure indicates a method whereby individual staff members may develop courses in their particular fields which will be in keeping with the philosophy of a functional curriculum. No detailed course content is given since the development of the courses and the methods of presentation are assumed to be the function of the instructor. A discussion on administration is presented to indicate the type of administration that is regarded as most helpful in the proper development of a functional cur­riculum. The pattern for a functional curriculum in professional forestry is be­lieved to be adequately comprehensive in nature and fully in harmony with current developments in related fields.
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