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Rethinking Schooling

Twenty-Five Years of the Journal of Curriculum Studies

Edited by Ian Westbury, Geoff Milburn

© 2007 – Routledge

344 pages

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Taking a collection of seminal articles from the Journal of Curriculum Studies, this book offers readers a vantage point for thinking about the worlds of schools and curricula, focusing in particular on the concept of seeing schools, curricula and teaching in new ways. Each of the chapters sheds fresh light on the ways of thinking the aforementioned. Themes include:

  • classrooms and teaching
  • pedagogy
  • science and history education
  • school and curriculum development
  • students’ lives in schools.

Written by an international group of distinguished scholars from Britain, North America, Sweden and Germany, the chapters draw on the perspectives offered by curriculum and pedagogical theory, history, ethnography, sociology, psychology and organisational studies and experiences in curriculum-making. Together they invite many questions about why teaching and curricula must be as they are.

Rethinking Schooling provides new futures for education and alternative ways of seeing them.


'Rethinking Schooling' is coherently structured to walk the student through the seventeenth to the twenty first century studying all things curricula along the way.'

'This book is an aperitif to the historical research of 25 years the Journal of Curriculum Studies from whence the chapters of this book originated. Rethinking Schooling is indeed an important resource for students of Curriculum Studies moreover it is a Directional text for renewed thinking on the future of schooling.'


Table of Contents

Rethinking Schooling: Twenty-Five Years of the Journal of Curriculum Studies Part 1: Thinking about Schools and Classrooms 1. Strange Curricula: Origins and Development of the Institutional Categories of Schooling 2. Adam Smith and the Moral Economy of the Classroom System 3. The Lesson as a Pedagogic Text: A Case Study of Lesson Designs Part 2: Thinking about Pedagogy 4. Reflectivity and the Pedagogical Moment: The Practical-Ethical Nature of Pedagogical Thinking and Acting 5. Didaktik Analysis as the Core of the Preparation of Instruction 6. Effect of Questions in Education and Other Enterprises Part 3: Thinking about Curriculum Work and Curriculum Change 7. ‘There’s Always Another Agenda’: Marshalling Resources for Mathematics Reform 8. Towards a Theory of Leadership Practice: A Distributed Perspective Part 4: Thinking about Futures 9. Designing Diversity: Globalization, Textbooks, and the Story of Nations 10. Meta-Scientific Criticisms, Curriculum Innovation and the Propagation of Scientific Culture 11. A Curriculum for the Study of Human Affairs: The Contribution of Lawrence Stenhouse 12. Learning for Anything Everyday 13. Curriculum Forms: On the Assumed Shapes of Knowing and Knowledge

About the Editors

Ian Westbury is Professor of curriculum & instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Geoff Milburn is Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education, The University of Western Ontario, Canada.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula