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Curriculum and Instruction

Welcome to your Curriculum and Instruction Research Guide for Pedagogy

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Your Curriculum and Instruction course focuses on the practice of teaching. Along with the resources listed below, the library has acquired curriculum samples that are located on the right shelving units near the Technical Services Office at the rear of the library.

The suggested databases are available linked from here and from the Electronic Resources section of the library home page. Print resources are available in the PHC on-campus collection or by mail to distance learning members of the PHC community. You may check the location and the availability of an item in the on-campus collection through the online catalog, Voyager, accessed here and through the library home page.

Professional library assistance is available on campus, by phone at 540-441-8400, or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu


  • ERIC represents the most complete bibliography of educational materials available since 1966. Indexes 1.2 billion records of education-related materials--journal articles, books, reports, etc. If you locate an article and ERIC does not provide a full-text, you can check PHC Library's Periodical Listings to see if we subscribe to that specific periodical. If not, you may request the article through ILL.
  • JSTOR contains articles and abstracts of over 240 scholarly journals in a wide range of disciplines. If you find an article that you need and the full-text is not available, check the library's periodicals listing to see if the journal is available from another PHC database. If not, you may request the article by ILL.
  • ProQuest and Academic Search Premier are easy to navigate databases with access to over 700 scholary journals and thousands of full-text articles in a variety of disciplines.

Internet Resources

  • Children's Library provides access to a wide range of full-text children's books including recent award winning books and featured authors, You can also search by a variety of methods including cover art and/or artist.
  • Global School promotes the sharing of ideas, resources, and best practices among teachers.
  • International Reading Association's Reading List accesses a variety of web resources that promote and teach literacy, including recommended book lists for all ages and the most recent research in education.
  • Lexile provides a process to identify reading levels of students and text.
  • Center on Reinventing Public Education provides the most current trends in educational philosophy with links to additional worthwhile resources.
  • 6+1 Writing Trait is an analytical model for assessing and teaching writing that is made up of 6+1 key qualities that define strong writing.
  • National Academy of Education provides access to quality education research and promotes its use in policy formation and practice.
  • National Center for Education Statistics is the National Center for Education Statistics providing valuable research results.
  • CiRCE Institute is a leading provider of inspiration, information, and insight to classical educators. It also links to other helpful classical education resources.


Search the catalog using the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Christian education Home schooling--United States
Christianity--Philosophy Logic
Church and education--United States Public schools--United States
Education Rhetoric
Education--Philosophy Reasoning
Educational psychology School choice--United States

Selected Journals

Research Tips

  • Search by subject: Once you have located a potential source in the catalog, click on the subject term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects.
  • Once you locate a potential source, additional valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography.
  • If you are not able to find what you need on campus or online, you may also request an item through Interlibrary loan. Instructions for obtaining an Interlibrary loan are available in the Library Services section of the library website
  • Zotero is a citation management system that will help you collect and organize your resources and then seamlessly create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, and bibliographies. You can download and watch online tutorials, but you may benefit from a librarian’s help in quickly learning how to use Zotero.

All citations must be in APA format. Information for proper APA citation can be found in the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association available on reserve at the library circulation desk. Additional APA citation help can be accessed online at OWL (Online Writing Lab) developed by Purdue University.

Created: Dr. Jacqueline Veith/Thornhill, 2014. Reviewed: Thornhill, 2016. 

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