Pratt’s Curriculum Perspectives
Curriculum Theory

Pratt’s Curriculum Perspectives

Historically, curriculum questions have been seen to address a number of major themes… Citizenship/societal needs: Where it has been argued that schooling should aim to provide citizens, ready to participate in a democracy; or even schooling as a politically subversive activity (Counts, 1932; Freire, 2008). Individual growth/self-actualization: Education for a life of the mind; education … Continue reading

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

John Dewey, the Dewey School and the vocational path that followed
Curriculum Theory / EDUC-910 Week 3 Readings

John Dewey, the Dewey School and the vocational path that followed

Kliebard, H. (2004). The struggle for the American curriculum. Ch. 3–4, pp. 51–104. New York, NY: RoutledgeFalmer. John Dewey’s ideas about education… The Univ. of Chicago, Laboratory School (The Dewey School) opened in 1896. No fully worked out curriculum. Kliebard noted that subjects were described by Albion Small, Head Professor of Social Studies as ”an unorganized … Continue reading