The Taba Model for curriculum was developed by Hilda Taba. It was called a grassroots effort as she advocated that the teachers themselves needed to be heavily involved in the development of the curriculum. She developed seven steps that should take place when developing curriculum.

1. Identify the needs of the students and the expectations of society.
2. Formulate the learning objectives.
3. The learning content will be selected based on the objectives.
4. How the content is organized needs to be decided upon by the teachers based on the students.
5. The learning experiences need to be selected.
6. The organization of the actual learning activities needs to be determined.
7. Determine what is going to be evaluated and how to determine the effectiveness of the curriculum.


Frankel, Jack R., (1994). The evolution of the Taba Curriculum Development Project. Social studies (84)n4, p. 149-159.
Parry, L., ( ). Innovation and Consolidation in Curriculum Development & Reform.


The Taba Model lends itself to the idea that thinking can be taught and activities should be built for this. Some of the problems from using the Taba Model are:
1. Teachers not understanding the connection between the content, activities, teaching methods and evaluation.
2. Keeping the resources up to date.
3. Maintaining training for new teachers on the method as well as support needed for teachers as they must review the plan often.