Contemporary Readings in Curriculum / Edition 1

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“This book combines a number of excellent authors thinking about curriculum. It’s a nice blend of known authors and newer writers in the field.” — Robert C. Morris, University of West Georgia

“The range of topics—reading, science, art—makes this a complete and comprehensive reader for both novices and experienced educational teachers and leaders.” —Jeffrey S. Kaplan, University of Central Florida

Contemporary Readings in Curriculum provides beginning teachers and educational leaders with a series of articles that can help them build their curriculum knowledge base

Key Features and Benefits

  • Provides a historical context of the curriculum field, giving educators a solid foundation for curriculum knowledge
  • Describes the political nature of curriculum and how we must be attentive to the increasingly diverse populations found in our schools
  • Connects the readings to traditional course goals, providing practical applications of curriculum topics
  • Covers cocurricular issues, which have become a major contemporary topic within school systems
  • Enhances the articles with a strong pedagogical framework, including detailed Internet references, questions for each article, topic guides tying each article to course topics, and article abstracts for the instructor

Includes Articles From the Following Journals
American School Board Journal
Community College Review
Curriculum & Teaching Dialogue
Education & Urban Society
Educational Leadership
Educational Policy
Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics
Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership
Journal of Chemical Education,
Journal of Curriculum & Supervision
Journal of Curriculum Studies
NASSP Bulletin
Phi Delta Kappan
Rethinking Schools
Teachers College Record
The American Behavioral Scientist
The Educational Forum
The Journal of Social Issues
Theory and Research in Education
Urban Education
Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice

Intended Audience
This book is intended as a supplement for graduate courses such as Curriculum Development, Curriculum Theory,and Curriculum Leadership.

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Editorial Reviews

Curriculum Perspectives
"This is a refreshing book of readings. The editors have produced a diverse range of articles, the book as a whole is well organized and provides important background information for both novice and experienced teachers and educational leaders. "— Colin Marsh
Curriculum Perspectives - Colin Marsh
"This is a refreshing book of readings. The editors have produced a diverse range of articles, the book as a whole is well organized and provides important background information for both novice and experienced teachers and educational leaders."
Suniti Sharma
"A comprehensive and diverse collection suited for secondary educators and administrators."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412944724
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/20/2008
  • Series: Contemporary Readings Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 589,250
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Marcella L. Kysilka, professor emerita in the College of Education at the University of Central Florida received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University; her master’s from Kent State University and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Kysilka has held many leadership roles in professional organizations including the presidency of Kappa Delta Pi and editor of The Educational Forum, Board of Directors and Leadership Council of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and associate editor of the Journal for Curriculum and Supervision, President of Florida Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, President of the International Study Association for Teachers and Teaching, and Executive Secretary of the American Association for Curriculum and Teaching. Dr. Kysilka currently serves as editor of the Florida Educational Leadership journal. Dr. Kysilka has published over 60 journal articles and eight books. While at the University of Central Florida, Dr. Kysilka served as a full professor in the Educational Studies department, as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, as Director of Educational Research, as Assistant Chair to the Educational Studies Department and as Coordinator of the Curriculum and Instruction Doctoral Program. She currently is a consultant with P.A.C.E. High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, a school for underachieving inner city students and teaches part-time for the College of Mt. St. Joseph.

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Table of Contents

Article Abstracts
Topic Guide
Advisory Board
Section One: Where Do We Begin?
Article 1: Why Education Is So Difficult and Contentious - Kieran Egan
Article 2: Questionable Assumptions About Schooling - Elliot W. Eisner
Section Two: What Is Curriculum?
Article 3: Research Note: What is Really Important in the Curriculum World? - Judith Dziuban and Marcella Kysilka
Article 4: Curriculum Alignment Revisited - Allan A. Glatthorn
Article 5: Knowledge Alive - David Perkins
Section Three: How Do We Think About Curriculum
Article 6: The Curriculum-Curriculum - William H. Schubert
Article 7: Human Agency and the Curriculum - Hanan A. Alexander
Article 8: Adolescent Needs, Curriculum and the Eight-Year Study - Robert V. Bullough, Jr. and Craig Kridel
Article 9: Toward a Renaissance in Curriculum Theory and Development in the USA - William G. Wraga and Peter S. Hlebowitsh
Article 10: The Information Age: A Blessing or a Curse? - Neil Postman
Section Four: How Can Curriculum Be Organized?
Article 11: The Memories of an All-Black Northern Urban School: Good Memories of Leadership, Teachers, and the Curriculum - Adah Ward Randolph
Article 12: Integrating High School and the Community College: Previous Efforts and Current Possibilities - Carrie B. Kisker
Article 13: Building a Plane While Flying It: Early Lessons From Developing Charter Schools - Noelle C. Griffin and Priscilla Wohlstetter
Section Five: What Is The Status Of The Academic Curriculum?
Article 14: Learning to Read in Kindergarten: Has Curriculum Development Bypassed the Controversies? - Bruce Joyce, Marilyn Hrycauk, and Emily Calhoun
Article 15: Literacy Education and Reading Programs in the Secondary School: Status, Problems, and Solutions - Freya M. J. Zipperer, M. Thomas Worley, Michelle W. Sisson, and Rhonda W. Said
Article 16: A Deeper Sense of Literacy: Curriculum-Driven Approaches to Media Literacy in the K-12 Classroom - Cynthia Scheibe
Article 17: War, Critical Thinking, and Self-Understanding - Nel Noddings
Article 18: The Math Wars - Alan H. Schoenfeld
Article 19: Chemistry, The Central Science? The History of the High School Science Sequence - Keith Sheppard and Dennis M. Robbins
Article 20: School days (Hail, Hail Rock 'n' Roll!) - Rick Mitchell
Section Six: What Is The Extra- Or Co- Curriculum?
Article 21: Extracurricular Activities and Adolescent Development - Jacquelynne S. Eccles, Bonnie L. Barber, Margaret Stone, and James Hunt
Article 22: After-School Programs Are Making a Difference - Marianne Russell Kugler
Article 23: The Effect of Interscholastic Sports Participation on Academic Achievement of Middle Level School Students - Larry J. Stephens and Laura A. Schaben
Article 24: Hearts and Minds: Military Recruitment and the High School Battlefield - William Ayers
Section Seven: Are There Political Aspects To Curriculum?
Article 25: Curriculum Matters - W. James Popham
Article 26: Cashing In On the Classroom - Alex Molnar
Article 27: Politics of Character Education - Robert W. Howard, Marvin W. Berkowitz, and Esther F. Schaeffer
Article 28: No Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow - Murry R. Nelson
Article 29: A Contemporary Controversy in American Education: Including Intelligen Design in the Science Curriculum - Vicki D. Johnson
Section Eight: How Does The Curriculum Meet The Needs of Diverse Populations?
Article 30: The Plains City Story - Marcela von Olphen, Francisco Rios, William Berube, Robin Dexter, and Robert Mc Carthy
Article 31: How Global is the Curriculum? - Andrew F. Smith
Article 32: Designing Appropriate Curriculum for Special Education Students in Urban Schools - Timothy E. Morse
Article 33: Urban Public High School Teachers' Beliefs About Science Learner Characteristics: Implications for Curriculum - Glenda M. Prime and Rommel J. Miranda
Article 34: Tried and True: The Rural School Curriculum in the Age of Accountability - Aimee Howley
Section Nine: What Are Current Hot-Button Issues in Curriculum?
Article 35: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Amiable Allies or Phony Friends? - W. James Popham
Article 36: It's the Curriculum, Stupid: There's Something Wrong with It - Dave F. Brown
Article 37: Teaching for Social Justice, Diversity, and Citizenship in a Global World - James A. Banks
Article 38: Beyond Zero Tolerance: Restoring Justice in Secondary Schools - Jeanne B. Stinchcomb, Gordon Bazemore, and Nancy Riestenberg
Section Ten: Where Are We Now?
Article 39: It's Time to Start the Slow School Movement - Maurice Holt
Article 40: The Lure of Learning in Teaching - Daniel P. Liston
Internet Resources
About the Editors

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