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The Purposes of a Syllabus

Jay Parkes and Mary B. Harris
College Teaching
Vol. 50, No. 2 (Spring, 2002), pp. 55-61
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27559083
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The Purposes of a Syllabus
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Abstract

The purposes of a syllabus are almost as varied as the possible contents but can be grouped into several categories. The article proposes that syllabi serve three major roles: the syllabus as a contract, the syllabus as a permanent record, and the syllabus as a learning tool. Each function has implications for what a syllabus should contain. General observations about constructing syllabi conclude the article.

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