Curriculum and Aims, 5th Edition / Edition 5

Curriculum and Aims, 5th Edition / Edition 5

by Decker Walker, Jonas F. Soltis, Frances Schoonmaker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807749842

ISBN-13: 9780807749845

Pub. Date: 05/21/2009

Publisher: Teachers College Press

The revised Fifth Edition provides a broad perspective on the basic curriculum questions educators face regarding the purposes, content, design, and structure of educational programs. After examining aims that have been proposed by classical educational thinkers and reviewing the dominant educational debate of the 20th century between traditionalists and progressives,

Overview

The revised Fifth Edition provides a broad perspective on the basic curriculum questions educators face regarding the purposes, content, design, and structure of educational programs. After examining aims that have been proposed by classical educational thinkers and reviewing the dominant educational debate of the 20th century between traditionalists and progressives, the authors deal with fundamental contemporary issues of curriculum theory and instructional practice. Providing realistic case studies that inspire pre-service teachers to grapple with the issues of curriculum and aims in the context of classroom situations, the new edition features: a new case study on Education and Equity: Closing the Achievement Gap and updated references to important recent ideas in a new section at the end of each chapter called For Further Inquiry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807749845
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
05/21/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
479,919
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 The Teacher and the Curriculum 1

Ambivalent Feelings About Curriculum Work 2

Finding Time and Resources for Curriculum Work 3

Who Has the Authority to Make Curriculum Decisions? 4

When Is a Curriculum Change a Change for the Better? 6

Preparing for Curriculum Work 9

For Further Inquiry 11

2 The Aims of Education 12

Aims as Ideals 13

Progressive and Traditional Perspectives on Curriculum 18

Curriculum Theory 24

For Further Inquiry 24

3 General Education 26

Teaching the Basics 27

Historical Precedents 28

Relating School to Life 32

In Search of the Best Curriculum for General Education 34

The Value of Different Perspectives 37

For Further Inquiry 39

4 Conceptualizing Curriculum Phenomena 41

Knowledge in Use 43

Conceptualizing the Instructional Process 45

The Structure of Subjects 48

Meaningful Learning Experiences 49

Program Conceptualization 50

For Further Inquiry 54

5 Procedures for Curriculum Making 55

Sources of Curriculum Making 55

The Tyler Rationale 57

Schwab's Practical and Eclectic Approach 61

Freire's Emancipation Approach 63

The Politics of Curriculum Making 66

For Further Inquiry 67

3 Explaining and Critiquing Curriculum Practices 69

A Critique of the Tyler Rationale 70

Curriculum and Criticism of Modem Life 72

Understanding How Curriculum Works in the Classroom 73

Curriculum in Relation to Culture 75

For Further Inquiry 79

7 Cross-Currents of Reform 80

The Anatomy of Reforms 83

Reform and Incremental Change 84

Teachers and Reform 88

Who's in Charge of the Curriculum? 90

The American Curriculum Influence System 92

Is Reform a Good Thing? 94

Reform: Pros and Cons96

Working with Reform 97

Curriculum Today and Tomorrow 99

For Further Inquiry 102

8 Cases and Disputes 104

Curriculum Change 105

Freedom and Learning 107

Education for Life 108

Workforce School 109

Individual Differences and Equality of Opportunity 110

Mass or Class Culture? 112

Educational Equity: Closing the Achievement Gap 113

Go Fly a Kite 115

Individualized Learning 116

Grading Policies 117

A Social Studies Curriculum 118

To Each His Own 120

Do Procedures Make a Difference? 121

Teaching "Relevant" Literature 122

The Teacher as Critic 123

Theory and Practice 125

One School's Philosophy of Education 126

Whose Aims Matter? 127

Notes 129

Annotated Bibliography 133

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