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Exemplars of Curriculum Theory

1st Edition

By Arthur K. Ellis


184 pages

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This book crosses the divide between theoreticians and practitioners by demonstrating how curriculum theories and models are applied in classrooms today. It ties together broad educational theories such as progressivism, essentialism, perennialism, etc.; curriculum models, characterized as learner-centered, society-centered or knowledge-centered; and exemplars of curriculum theories and models, such as Reggio Emilia, Core Knowledge, the International Baccalaureate, etc.

Table of Contents


1. Toward Definition(s)

Curriculum as Prescription

Curriculum as Experience

2 Reading Between the Lines

Planned vs. Experienced Curriculum

Narrow vs. Expansive Definitions

Training Up and Leading Forth

3. A Few Questions

What are the goals of the curriculum?

What knowledge is of most worth?

Guessing the Future

What values should be taught and learned?

What essential skills are at stake?

What is an appropriate view of society?

What do we believe about students?

What are the implications for a pluralistic society?

4. The Progressive Paradigm

A Brief History

The Eight-Year Study

Progressive Curriculum

Teacher Role

Student Role



5. The Learner-Centered Curriculum

Goal Structure

Open Education

A. S. Neill and Summerhill School

Affective Education

Developmentally Appropriate Practice

The Doctrine of Interest

Creativity and Self-Direction

Syntactic Complexity

Exemplar 1—Sudbury Schools: A Learner-Centered and Learner-Controlled Approach

Exemplar 2—The Exploratory: Experiences Curriculum for Elementary Schools: An Interest Center Approach

Exemplar 3—Reggio Emilia Education: A Project-Based Child-Centered Community Approach

6. The Society-Centered Curriculum

Emphasis on the Group and the Self in Group Context

Teacher Role

Integrated Studies

The Principal Speaks: A Society-Centered Curricular Perspective

Exemplar 4—The Foxfire Curriculum: Cultural Journalism

Exemplar 5—Unified Science and Mathematics for Elementary Schools (USMES) Approach: Real World Problem Solving

7 The Knowledge-Centered Curriculum

A Liberal Education

Textbooks as Curriculum

Curriculum as Process

Ways of Knowing

E. D. Hirsch’s Core Knowledge Curriculum: Cultural Literacy

Mortimer Adler’s Paideia Proposal: An Educational Manifesto

Of Differences and Similarities

Keys to the Knowledge-Centered Curriculum

Traditional Curriculum Philosophies: Essentialism and Perennialism

Back to Bruner for a Minute

The Structure of Knowledge Within a Discipline

The Essentialist Paradigm

The Essentialist Curriculum

Teacher Role

Student Role

Organization of the Curriculum


Thinking About Essentialism

Is an Essentialist Curriculum a Match for Your School?

Exemplar 6—E. D. Hirsch Jr’s. Core Knowledge Curriculum: Essentialism

Exemplar 7—Mortimer Adler’s Paideia Curriculum: Perennialism

Exemplar 8—The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme: A Worldwide Curriculum

8. Parting Thoughts


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