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The Common Curriculum

Its Structure and Style in the Comprehensive School, 1st Edition

By Maurice Holt


208 pages

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Originally published in 1978. This book presents how the potential of the comprehensive school could be realized by bringing unity and coherence to its curriculum and organization. Among the subjects considered are value judgments and curriculum design; faculties and the organization of learning; subjects and options; the sixth form; and the timetable as an enabling device. This book goes beyond the prevalent considerations of the time to examine the relationship between educational theory and practice, and the underlying issues of how a rationale of curriculum may be determined and the involvement of teachers in school-focused curriculum development. An appendix considers the curriculum and timetable structure of Sheredes School in Hertfordshire, a new comprehensive school set up in 1969.


From review of the original publication:

The Common Curriculum is a recommendation for the total organization of a comprehensive school. He rightly wants us to refuse to organize comprehensive schools as if they were grammar/technical/secondary modern schools on the same site, and to establish an appropriate "pattern of purpose and structure" for genuine comprehensive education. It is easy to read, full of useful references, and is an optimistic book: an optimism born of successful practice and therefore entirely credible to experienced teachers.’ Patrick Eavis, The Times Educational Supplement

Table of Contents

Foreword Professor Denis Lawton Preface 1. Where We Are Now: Realities and Constraints 2. Ideals and Possibilities: the Common Curriculum and a New Structure 3. Value Judgments and Curriculum Design 4. Faculties and the Organisation of Learning 5. Action and Implementation: Styles of Deliberation and Management 6. The Timetable as an Enabling Device 7. Subjects and Options 8. The Sixth Form School 9. Pastoral Care and Community. Appendix: Sheredes School: Curriculum and Timetable Structure 

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Curriculum

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.

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