The Making of Curriculum: Collected Essays

The Making of Curriculum: Collected Essays

by Ivor F. Goodson
     
 

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This is the second edition of a book first published in 1988 in which Ivor Goodson explores a number of aspects of the 'invention' and promotion of the so-called traditional subjects. He describes the way the subjects develop over time to a point where they can be presented and promoted as 'academic' disciplines. He shows that the claim to be academic is in fact the…  See more details below

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This is the second edition of a book first published in 1988 in which Ivor Goodson explores a number of aspects of the 'invention' and promotion of the so-called traditional subjects. He describes the way the subjects develop over time to a point where they can be presented and promoted as 'academic' disciplines. He shows that the claim to be academic is in fact the result of a substantial political contest covering a century or more. The traditional subject is, in short, invented. Once we look at the political process of inventing, promoting and sustaining the school subject a very different perspective to that conventionally employed for understanding the school curriculum emerges. The 'traditional subjects' turn out to be a kind of politician's 'Piltdown man' and, once this is grasped, the existing discourse over the secondary school curriculum is seen in a very different light. By furthering our understanding of the history and politics of curriculum, this book provides a series of challenging insights for those concerned to make sense over the current debate over schooling. The second edition is brought up to date by Goodson considering the impact of the National Curriculum, and by Bill Pinar writing an introduction which places Goodson's work in a North American context.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781850001843
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/1988
Series:
Studies in Curriculum History Series
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.00(d)

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