Originally published in 1992. Herbert M. Kliebard is considered one of the foremost historians in the field of education. This is a collection of 12 seminal essays that represents the best of his writing and reflection on the history and theory of curriculum studies. Asserting that the 20th century in particular has been a critical period in the development of the American curriculum, Kliebard delves into the historical events and theoretical principles that have formed the curriculum. Among other things he talks about the decline of the humanities curriculum, important education reformers such as John Dewey, and the "enemies" of the liberal arts curriculum in Victorian England.
Introduction Part 1: Essays in Curriculum History 1. The Decline of Humanistic Studies in the American School Curriculum (1984) 2. The Liberal Arts Curriculum and Its Enemies: The Effort to Redefine General Education (1988) 3. Keeping Out of Nature’s Way: The Rise and Fall of Child Study as the Basis for Curriculum, 1880-1905 (1992) 4. Dewey and the Herbartians: The Genesis of a Theory of Curriculum (1981) 5. The Rise of Scientific Curriculum-Making and its Aftermath (1975) 6. Success and Failure in Educational Reform: Are There Historical ‘Lessons’? (1989) Part 2: Essays in Curriculum Theory 7. Bureaucracy and Curriculum Theory (1971) 8. What Is the Question in Teacher Education? (1973) 9. The Tyler Rationale (1970) 10. Curriculum Theory: Give Me a "For Instance" (1976) 11. Vocational Education as Symbolic Action: Connecting Schooling with the Workplace (1990) 12. Curriculum Theory as Metaphor (1982)
Reissuing works originally published between 1971 and 1994, this collection includes books which offer a broad spectrum of views on curriculum, both within individual schools and the wider issues around curriculum development, reform and implementation. Some cover the debate surrounding the establishment of the national curriculum in the UK while others are a more international in scope. Many of these books go beyond theory to discuss practical issues of real curriculum changes at primary or secondary level. The Set includes books on cross-curricular topics such as citizenship and environment, and also guidance, careers, life skills and pastoral care in schools. A fantastic collection of education history with much still relevant today.