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"Schiro (Boston College) has written a text that examines curriculum theory for experience and pre-service educators with the purpose of understanding educational philosohpies or ideologies that they are likely to encounter in their teaching."
H.B. Arnold, CHOICE

"The book provides readers with a clear, sympathetic and unbiased understanding of the four conflicting visions of curriculum that will enable them to more productively interact with educators who might hold different beliefs. The book stimulates readers to better understand their own beliefs and also to provide them with an understanding of alternate ways of thinking about the fundamental goals of education"
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“A much needed, insightful view of alternative curriculum orientations. This is an exceptionally written book that will be useful to teachers, curriculum workers, and school administrators.”
—Marc Mahlios, University of Kansas

Curriculum Theory: Conflicting Visions and Enduring Concerns is a thought provoking text that invites self-analysis.”
—Lars J. Helgeson, University of North Dakota

Curriculum Theory: Conflicting Visions and Enduring Concerns presents a clear, unbiased, and rigorous description of the major curriculum philosophies that have influenced educators and schooling over the last century. Author Michael Stephen Schiro analyzes four educational visions—Scholar Academic, Social Efficiency, Learner Centered, and Social Reconstruction—to enable readers to reflect on their own educational beliefs and allow them to more productively interact with educators who might hold different beliefs.

Key Features

  • Provides a historical perspective on the origins of curriculum ideologies: The book places our current educational debates and issues in a historical context of enduring concerns.
  • Offers a model of how educational movements can be critically analyzed: Using a post-structuralist perspective, this model enables readers to more effectively contribute to the public debate about educational issues.
  • Pays careful attention to the way language is used by educators to give meaning to frequently unspoken assumptions: The text’s examination helps readers better understand curricular disagreements that occur in schools.
  • Highlights the complexities of curriculum work in a social context: With an understanding of the ideological pressures exerted on them by society and colleagues, readers can put these pressures in perspective and maintain their own values, beliefs, and practices.

Intended Audience

This book is designed as a supplemental text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Curriculum Theory, Introduction to Curriculum and Instruction, Curriculum Philosophy, and Curriculum Theory and Practice in the department of education.

Talk to the author! schiro@bc.edu

To visit the author’s web site, please visit: http://www2.bc.edu/~schiro/sage.html.

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Editorial Reviews

SirReadaLot.org - Savannah Jones
"Provides readers with a clear, sympathetic and unbiased understanding of the four conflicting visions of curriculum that will enable them to more productively interact with educators who might hold different beliefs. The book stimulates readers to better understand their own beliefs and also to provide them with an understanding of alternate ways of thinking about the fundamental goals of education" —SIRREADALOT.ORG
CHOICE - H.B. Arnold
"Schiro (Boston College) has written a text that examines curriculum theory for experience and pre-service educators with the purpose of understanding educational philosohpies or ideologies that they are likely to encounter in their teaching."
Curriculum Perspectives - Colin J. Marsh
"Not only are the chapters extremely comprehensive, the organization of the book is extremely thoughtful and provides a variety of activities for the neophyte and experienced teacher."
J.M. Magrini

“This is the perfect book for both undergraduate and 'graduate' students of education and curriculum studies (yes, graduate students!). In fact, it is one of the best books I have read detailing the four main 'ideologies' of curricula, namely, the Essentialist, the Social Efficiency, the Progressive, and the Social Reconstruction models of curriculum.

The back of the book contains the following quotation: "A clear, unbiased, and rigorous description of the major curriculum philosophies that have influenced educators and schooling over the last century..." It is all of this, and more!

(2) It adopts a 'historicist' approach to the presentation of its subject-matter, which means that the author defines and analyzes the various 'ideologies' in light of their contextual emergence and importance. This book is not simply presenting 'facts' for memorization; the positions 'live,' as it were, as historical realities!

(3) It provides the rigorous foundational knowledge needed in order for students to truly grasp the writings of contemporary philosophers of education and curriculum studies, e.g., when juxtaposing these 'ideologies' a student sees more clearly 'why' it is that proponents of the 'scholar academic ideology' are opposed to the 'child-centered ideology.' This allows the student to situate the views of Adler and Dewey within a legitimate historical context, which emerge as a product of a particular ideological world-view, of which education and curriculum are inextricably a part.

If you're a curriculum planner, evaluator, advocate, developer, or burgeoning theorist, you must have this book! “

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412953160
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Stephen Schiro has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He received his bachelorate from Tufts University and his doctorate from Harvard University. In the 1960’s he worked for school desegregation n North Carolina. In the 1970’s he worked to improve urban education in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was chair of the Department of Teacher Education and School Administration at Boston College in the 1980’s. He specializes in mathematics education and curriculum theory, and taught courses in mathematics education, curriculum theory, computer education, literacy, and multicultural education at Boston College from 1974 to 2009, when he retired. He published eleven books with such diverse titles as Integrating Children's Literature and Mathematics in the Classroom, Oral Story Telling and Teaching Mathematics, Mega-Fun Math Games, Curriculum for Better Schools: The Great Ideological Debate, and Tan and the Shape Changer.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1. Introduction to Curriculum Ideologies
Your Beliefs About Curriculum
The Curriculum Ideologies
Curriculum Workers
The Nature of the Curriculum Ideologies
2. Scholar Academic Ideology
Scholar Academic Curricula
Curriculum and the Disciplines
The Academic Disciplines
Curriculum Issues
Historical Context
Aims
Knowledge
The Child
Learning
Teaching
Evaluation
Concluding Perspective
3. Social Efficiency Ideology
A Scientific Technique of Curriculum Making
Programmed Curriculum and the Behavioral Engineer
The Analogy
Social Orientation
Objectives
Historical Context
Aims
Knowledge
Learning
The Child
Teaching
Evaluation
Concluding Perspective
4. Learner Centered Ideology
The Ideal School
Learners
The Growing Individual
The Learning Person
The Curriculum: Unit of Work Versus School Subject
Historical Context
Aims
The Child
Learning
Teaching
Knowledge
Evaluation
Concluding Perspective
5. Social Reconstruction Ideology
Highlander
Sixth-Grade Social Reconstruction Mathematics
Society and Reconstruction
Reconstruction Through Education
Historical Context
Aims
The Child
Learning
Teaching
Knowledge
Evaluation
Concluding Perspective
6. A Comparative Overview of Curriculum Ideologies
Comparative Summary
Other Parameters
Concluding Perspective
7. Individual Perspectives on Curriculum Ideologies
Curriculum Life Histories
Can People Believe in More Than One Ideology?
Why Do Educators Change Ideologies?
Concluding Perspective
Appendix: Curriculum Ideologies Inventory
References
Index
About the Author
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