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Critical Essays on Major Curriculum Theorists

1st Edition

By David Scott


164 pages

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This book is a critical appreciation of the work of sixteen leading curriculum theorists, taking account of the writings of a balance of established thinkers and curriculum analysts from the fields of education, philosophy, sociology and psychology. Together these commentators offer a broad perspective with views from the UK, the US and Europe, and from a range of political stances ranging from radical conservatism through liberalism to socialism and libertarianism.

The theorists include major names such as Lev Vygotsky, Jerome Bruner, Maxine Greene, Basil Bernstein, Micheal Foucault, Elliott Eisner, John White, Michael Apple and more. Ideal for students on all teacher training courses looking for an introduction to some of the key educational thinkers of our time, this key text can also be used as a companion volume to the Routledge four-volume set on curriculum theory.


"In addition to its relevance for faculty engaged in curricular rethinking, Scott's work provides a valuable and critical historical review and updating of theoretical discussions of the last forty years for those who can read in depth on curriculum and teaching." -- September 2008, Robert W. Pazmino, Teaching Theology & Religion

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Behavioural Objectives and W.H.Popham 3. Lawrence Stenhouse and the Process Curriculum 4. Foundationalism and Paul Hirst 5. Michel Foucault and Power-Knowledge 6. Michael Apple on Structure 7. Basil Bernstein on Pedagogy 8. Lev Vygotsky and Internalisation 9. Jerome Bruner and Psycho-Cultural Views on Learning 10. Henri Giroux and Critical Pedagogy 11. Donald Schon and Reflection 12. John White on Autonomy 13. Post-modernism and the Curriculum

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Reference