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Foundation Subjects and Religious Education in the Primary School

1st Edition

Edited by Peter D. Pumfrey, Gajendra K. Verma


272 pages

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First published in 1993. This volume brings together writings of specialists in the key components of both the whole and the basic curriculum. It sets out to describe and discuss cultural diversity and the whole curriculum from a variety of perspectives and to consider how the concerns of ethnic groups may be addressed within the framework of the national curriculum. To this end, specialists in areas of the curriculum consider some of the challenges and describe promising practices in the secondary school. Much remains undecided concerning the structure, content, pedagogy and assessment of many components of the primary-school curriculum. Despite these considerations, the multicultural nature of the population and of schools will develop. These developments and their educational implications must be considered if the educational system is to respond adequately. Although the ‘rules of the curricular game’ are still being negotiated in relation to a number of aspects of the curriculum, the editors have deliberately ventured into this controversial field. They do so because of the increasing importance of ethnic diversity of the school population and of the country.

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; List of Tables and Figures; List of Abbreviations; Part One: Towards Cultural Pluralism through the Curriculum in Primary Education; 1. Cultural Diversity and the Curriculum: Context, Challenges and Responses P. D. Pumfrey 2. Cultural Diversity in Primary Schools: Its Nature, Extent and Curricular Implications G. K. Verma 3. The Whole, Basic and National Curriculum in Primary Schools: Context, Challenges and Responses P. D. Pumfrey; Part Two: Practice in Content Fields; 4. Religious Education P. Metcalf 5. Core Subject: English L. S. Woodcock 6. Core Subject: Mathematics M. McLachlan 7. Core Subject: Science A. Cross and G. Pearce 8. Foundation Subject: Technology (Including Design) S. Powell 9. Foundation Subject: History J. Davies 10. Foundation Subject: Geography D. Rainey 11. Foundation Subject: Music J. Scarfe 12. Foundation Subject: Art R. Ray and J. Piotrowski 13. Foundation Subject: Physical Education A. Williams; Appendix 1: The Race Relations Act and Education P. Merchant and G. K. Verma; Appendix 2: Lists of ERA-related Publications P. D. Pumfrey; Appendix 3: Section 11 of the Local Government Act 1966: Background and Current Administrative Arrangements J. Jolliffe and R. D. Pumfrey; Notes on Contributors; Name Index; Subject Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Education and Religion

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1965 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of religious education and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volumes examine the teaching of world faiths in schools, religious education in both primary and secondary schools, and the teaching of morality. This set will be of particular interest to students of Education and Religious Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Medieval