The Primary Curriculum: Learning from International Perspectives

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This book is concerned with the relationships and tensions in education between children's needs and societies' demands, questions which primary teachers everywhere face on a daily basis, such as:

• how does society's view of children and childhood affect teaching and learning?

• how do the dictates of the education system, including a national curriculum, shape teaching practice?

• how do the conventions of classroom practice fit with teachers' own beliefs and values?
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Overview

This book is concerned with the relationships and tensions in education between children's needs and societies' demands, questions which primary teachers everywhere face on a daily basis, such as:

• how does society's view of children and childhood affect teaching and learning?

• how do the dictates of the education system, including a national curriculum, shape teaching practice?

• how do the conventions of classroom practice fit with teachers' own beliefs and values?
The first part of the book offers a basic framework for thinking about primary curricula from the perspectives raised by these questions, whilst the second part presents a range of international views on the primary curriculum from Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia, Europe and the USA.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415158329
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/20/1998
  • Pages: 240
  • Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of tables
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Pt. I Primary curricula: origins and influences 1
Introduction 3
1 Historical and philosophical influences on the primary curriculum 13
2 The concept of a development curriculum 28
3 The primary national curriculum in England: a sociological perspective 42
4 Changing primary/elementary school curricula: an analysis of the English experience 1862-2012 55
5 Making a curriculum: some principles of curriculum building 73
Pt. II Primary curricula: international contexts and perspectives 81
Introduction 83
6 Primary education for the rural black South African child 87
7 Primary curriculum: two perspectives from Japan 117
Pt. I Hidenori Sugimine
Pt. II Kazumi Yamamoto
8 Relationships and tensions in the primary curriculum of the United States 139
9 Primary education: an Australian perspective 158
10 Primary schooling in Hong Kong 181
11 Curricula across cultures: contexts and connections 205
Endpiece 217
Index 222
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