The Making Of The Curriculum: Collected Essays / Edition 2

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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: 9780750703215
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Series: Studies in Curriculum History Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
An Introduction to the Second Edition
I The Search for Sources
1 Investigating State Schooling: The Search for Sources 3
2 Studying Curriculum 12
3 Etymologies, Epistemologies and the Emergence of Curriculum: A Speculative Essay 25
II The Search for Methods
4 History of Education in England: Conflicting Paradigms 41
5 Investigating State Schooling: Exploring New Methods 59
III Essays and Exemplars
6 Teachers' Life Histories and Studies of Curriculum and Schooling 71
7 History, Context and Qualitative Methods 93
8 Defining a Subject for the Comprehensive School 117
9 The Micropolitics of Curricula Change: European Studies 144
10 Becoming a School Subject 160
11 The Making of Curriculum 184
12 Conclusions, Complexities and Contemporary Initiatives in the Making of Curriculum: Towards a National Curriculum
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