Contemporary Issues in Curriculum / Edition 3

Contemporary Issues in Curriculum / Edition 3

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Contemporary Issues in Curriculum / Edition 3

Contemporary Issues in Curriculum, 4/e

  • Allan C. Ornstein
  • Edward F. Pajak
  • Stacey B. Ornstein

Featuring 35% brand new content, the fourth edition of Contemporary Issues in Curriculum is ideal for students in instruction, administration, teacher education, and curriculum as it addresses issues in implementation, planning, and evaluation at all levels of learning. The text is divided into six parts–Philosophy, Teaching, Learning, Instruction, Supervision, and Policy–each containing multiple chapters, focus and discussion questions, as well as Pro-Con Charts and a Case Study.  


This edition features fourteen new chapters written by notable authors, including John Goodlad, Richard Rothstein, and Evans Clinchy. Other highlights include six new profiles of prominent curriculum scholars and thoroughly updated sections on “Curriculum and Teaching” and “Curriculum and Instruction.”


Balanced yet eclectic in its approach, the text covers both traditionally held beliefs and those that are more controversial, providing students and practitioners access to information on a variety of issues that affect curriculum and development.  Contemporary Issues in Curriculum encourages readers to examine and debate these issues, to form their own ideas, and to shape the future of the field of curriculum.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205367771
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date: 07/26/2002
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 6.94(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1Curriculum and Philosophy1
Professional Profile2
Chapter 1Philosophy as a Basis for Curriculum Decisions5
Chapter 2Goals and Objectives12
Chapter 3A Pedagogy of Possibility22
Chapter 4Art and Imagination: Overcoming a Desperate Stasis32
Chapter 5There's too Much to Teach39
Chapter 6Kudzu, Rabbits, and School Reform51
PRO-CON Chart 1Should the schools introduce a values-centered curriculum for all students?59
Case Study 1A Clash Concerning the Arts Curriculum60
Part 2Curriculum and Teaching61
Professional Profile62
Chapter 7Teaching Themes of Care64
Chapter 8The Heart of a Teacher71
Chapter 9Critical Issues in Teaching82
Chapter 10Productive Teachers: Assessing the Knowledge Base99
Chapter 11Knowledge and Teaching: Foundations of the New Reform113
Chapter 12Honoring Diverse Styles of Beginning Teachers132
Chapter 13Keeping Good Teachers: Why it Matters, What Leaders Can Do139
PRO-CON Chart 2Should teachers be held accountable for their teaching?147
Case Study 2School District Proposes Evaluations by Students148
Part 3Curriculum and Learning149
Professional Profile150
Chapter 14Grappling153
Chapter 15Critical Thinking-What Can it Be?161
Chapter 16Creating Creative Minds169
Chapter 17The Cognitive-Developmental Approach to Moral Education179
Chapter 18A Critical Examination of Character Education192
Chapter 19Limiting Students' School Success and Life Chances: The Impact of Tracking208
Chapter 20What is a "Public School"? Principles for A New Century215
PRO-CON Chart 3Should special education students be grouped (mainstreamed) into regular education classes?222
Case Study 3Language and Standardized Testing223
Part 4Curriculum and Instruction225
Professional Profile226
Chapter 21The Search for Methods of Instruction228
Chapter 22A New Look at School Failure and School Success245
Chapter 23Needed: A New Educational Civil Rights Movement253
Chapter 24A Political Humanist Curriculum for the 21st Century262
Chapter 25The Importance of Multicultural Education273
Chapter 26Knowledge Alive279
Chapter 27Educating the Net Generation285
PRO-CON Chart 4Should academic content standards be used in place of curriculum guides?290
Case Study 4An Advocate for Longer School Days291
Part 5Curriculum and Supervision293
Professional Profile294
Chapter 28The Politics of Virtue: A New Framework for School Leadership296
Chapter 29Five Models of Staff Development for Teachers303
Chapter 30What the World Can Teach Us About New Teacher Induction327
Chapter 31Results-Oriented Professional Development334
Chapter 32Clinical Supervision and Psychological Functions347
Chapter 33A Role for Technology in Professional Development? Lessons from IBM358
PRO-CON Chart 5Should the person who helps teachers to improve instruction also evaluate their performance?366
Case Study 5A Principal Works for Inclusion367
Part 6Curriculum and Policy369
Professional Profile370
Chapter 34Educational Demographics: What Teachers Should Know372
Chapter 35Evidence-Based Education Policies: Transforming Educational Practice and Research377
Chapter 36Challenges for Educations: Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Families387
Chapter 37Equity and Adequacy in School Finance Today407
Chapter 38Dichotomizing Educational Reform414
Chapter 39A Wider Lens on the Black-White Achievement Gap421
Chapter 40Education, Equality, and Equity428
PRO-CON Chart 6Should parent voice be a major consideration in determining where students attend school?444
Case Study 6School Board Debates Bilingual Education Program445
Name Index448
Subject Index462

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