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Balanced, yet eclectic in its approach, Contemporary Issues in Curriculum reflects the emergent trends in the field of curriculum. The third edition of this issues-oriented collection offers 36 articles by the major thinkers in curriculum study. Designed for readers interested in curriculum, instruction, administration, and teacher education, it explores the issues that affect implementation, planning, and evaluation of curriculum at all levels of learning. The editors have organized the collection into six parts: Curriculum and Philosophy, Curriculum and Teaching, Curriculum and Learning, Curriculum and Instruction, Curriculum and Supervision, and Curriculum and Policy. The readings reflect both traditionally held beliefs and those that are more controversial in nature, giving readers the opportunity to investigate the breadth of issues that affect curriculum and to access such information in a single source. Readers are encouraged to examine and debate these issues, to formulate their own ideas, and to shape what direction the field of curriculum should take. Designed for anyone interested in curriculum, curriculum development, curriculum and instruction, and curriculum issues.
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Editorial Reviews

Reviews philosophic, teaching, learning, instruction, supervision, and policy issues relating to curriculum, for students in curriculum, administration, and teacher education. Chapters present a rationale for establishing educational goals, demonstrate how the conservative movement has marginalized many segments of the population, and cover motivation, detracking schools, remedial education, supervision, and curriculum reform. Includes case studies and discussion boxes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205157709
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Curriculum and philosophy 1
Professional profile : Henry A. Giroux 2
Ch. 1 Philosophy as a basis for curriculum decisions 5
Ch. 2 Goals and objectives 12
Ch. 3 A pedagogy of possibility 22
Ch. 4 Art and imagination : overcoming a desperate stasis 32
Ch. 5 There's too much to teach 39
Ch. 6 Kudzu, rabbits, and school reform 51
Pro-con chart 1 : should the schools introduce a values-centered curriculum for all students? 59
Case study 1 : a clash concerning the arts curriculum 60
Pt. 2 Curriculum and teaching 61
Professional profile : Jere Brophy 62
Ch. 7 Teaching themes of care 64
Ch. 8 The heart of a teacher 71
Ch. 9 Critical issues in teaching 82
Ch. 10 Productive teachers : assessing the knowledge base 99
Ch. 11 Knowledge and teaching : foundations of the new reform 113
Ch. 12 Honoring diverse styles of beginning teachers 132
Ch. 13 Keeping good teachers : why it matters, what leaders can do 139
Pro-con chart 2 : should teachers be held accountable for their teaching? 147
Case study 2 : school district proposes evaluations by students 148
Pt. 3 Curriculum and learning 149
Professional profile : Karen Bang-Jensen Kepler Zumwalt 150
Ch. 14 Grappling 153
Ch. 15 Critical thinking - what can it be? 161
Ch. 16 Creating creative minds 169
Ch. 17 The cognitive-developmental approach to moral education 179
Ch. 18 A critical examination of character education 192
Ch. 19 Limiting students' school success and life chances : the impact of tracking 208
Ch. 20 What is a "public school"? : principles for a new century 215
Pro-con chart 3 : should special education students be grouped (mainstreamed) into regular education classes? 222
Case study 3 : language and standardized testing 223
Pt. 4 Curriculum and instruction 225
Professional profile : Herbert J. Walberg 226
Ch. 21 The search for methods of instruction 228
Ch. 22 A new look at school failure and school success 245
Ch. 23 Needed : a new educational civil rights movement 253
Ch. 24 A political humanist curriculum for the 21st century 262
Ch. 25 The importance of multicultural education 273
Ch. 26 Knowledge alive 279
Ch. 27 Educating the Net generation 285
Pro-con chart 4 : should academic content standards be used in place of curriculum guides? 290
Case study 4 : an advocate for longer school days 291
Pt. 5 Curriculum and supervision 293
Professional profile : Larry Cuban 294
Ch. 28 The politics of virtue : a new framework for school leadership 296
Ch. 29 Five models of staff development for teachers 303
Ch. 30 What the world can teach us about new teacher induction 327
Ch. 31 Results-oriented professional development 334
Ch. 32 Clinical supervision and psychological functions 347
Ch. 33 A role for technology in professional development? : lessons from IBM 358
Pro-con chart 5 : should the person who helps teachers to improve instruction also evaluate their performance? 366
Case study 5 : a principal works for inclusion 367
Pt. 6 Curriculum and policy 369
Professional profile : Gerald W. Bracey 370
Ch. 34 Educational demographics : what teachers should know 372
Ch. 35 Evidence-based education policies : transforming educational practice and research 377
Ch. 36 Challenges for educators : lesbian, gay, and bisexual families 387
Ch. 37 Equity and adequacy in school finance today 407
Ch. 38 Dichotomizing educational reform 414
Ch. 39 A wider lens on the black-white achievement gap 421
Ch. 40 Education, equality, and equity 428
Pro-con chart 6 : should parent voice be a major consideration in determining where students attend school? 444
Case study 6 : school board debates bilingual education program 445
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