Kliebard closes with life adjustment and some dodgy mental hygiene
Curriculum Theory / EDUC-910 Week 7 Readings

Kliebard closes with life adjustment and some dodgy mental hygiene

Kliebard, H. (2004). The struggle for the American curriculum. Ch. 11–Afterword, pp. 250–270, 271–292. New York, NY: RoutledgeFalmer. Chapter 11, discussed life adjustment education in the late 1940s and 1950s. The pre-cursors of life adjustment, with what Kliebard terms its goal of “a curriculum attuned to the actual life functions of youth in preparation for … Continue reading

Pinar and the reconceptualists
Curriculum Theory / EDUC-910 Week 7 Readings

Pinar and the reconceptualists

Pinar, W. (1978b). The reconceptualization of curriculum studies. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 10(3). 205–214. doi: 10.1080/0022027780100303 The space-race and the field of curriculum study changed on October 4th 1957, when the Soviet Union successfully launched their simplest satellite, prosteishy sputnik (PS1), more commonly known as Sputnik I. In the 1960s, following perceived weaknesses in American … Continue reading

Post WWII curriculum reform—to do Greek or not to do Greek
Curriculum Theory / EDUC-910 Week 6 Readings

Post WWII curriculum reform—to do Greek or not to do Greek

Kliebard, H. (2004). The struggle for the American curriculum. Ch. 9–10, pp. 200–249. New York, NY: RoutledgeFalmer. Chapter 9, covers the years during and immediately after World War II and begins data-driven approach then the academic history of previous chapters. Predominantly, the immediate post-war period continued the trend of interest group ideologies, which Kliebard observed … Continue reading

Traditional vs progressive education… either-or?
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Traditional vs progressive education… either-or?

Dewey, J. (1938). Experience and Education, pp. 17–23, 25–31. New York, NY: Touchstone. Traditional vs. Progressive Education “Mankind likes to think in terms of extreme opposites. It is given to formulating its beliefs in terms of Either-Ors, between which it recognizes no intermediate possibilities.” (p.17) Dewey’s opening statement may fit well for belief, for systems … Continue reading

Dewey, talking sense… and nonsense.
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Dewey, talking sense… and nonsense.

Dewey, J. (1897). My pedagogic creed. School journal, 54(3), 77–80. ARTICLE ONE. WHAT EDUCATION IS “I believe that all education proceeds by the participation of the individual in the social consciousness of the race. This process begins unconsciously almost at birth, and is continually shaping the individual’s powers, saturating his consciousness, forming his habits, training … Continue reading

Eclecticism and what was progressive education?
Curriculum Theory / EDUC-910 Week 5 Readings

Eclecticism and what was progressive education?

Kliebard, H. (2004). The struggle for the American curriculum. Ch. 7–8, pp. 151–200. New York, NY: RoutledgeFalmer. The crisis of the Great Depression, with mass school closures and laying-off of teachers, brought a renewed interest in using education to reform society. Kliebard’s seventh chapter described how, the social meliorist position of blending social efficiency with … Continue reading

Curriculum is politics
Curriculum Theory / EDUC-910 Week 5 Readings

Curriculum is politics

Curtis, B. (1997). The State of Tutelage in Lower Canada, 1835–1851. History of Education Quarterly, 37(1), 25-43. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/369903. Most of the postmortem examinations of the Canadian Rebellion of 1837-38 identified one of its leading causes as faulty political education… (p. 25) Talking Point: Define education. The British wanted to use education to guard … Continue reading