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The Curriculum Studies Reader

4th Edition

Edited by David J. Flinders, Stephen J. Thornton

© 2013 – Routledge

418 pages

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Paperback: 9780415520751
pub: 2012-11-05
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About the Book

For fifteen years, The Curriculum Studies Reader has been a field-defining anthology, bringing together the best scholarship from curriculum studies’ past and present. From John Dewey’s nineteenth-century creed to Nel Noddings’ twenty-first century aims, this thoughtful combination of new and timely essays provides a complete survey of the discipline coupled with concrete examples of innovative curriculum and an examination of contemporary topics. New to this much-anticipated fourth edition are substantive updates to the selections of contemporary readings, including pieces by Thomas Misco and Peter Hlebowitsh, reflecting issues such as globalization and the reconciliation between reconceptualists and traditionalists in regard to curriculum.

Carefully balanced to engage with the history of curriculum studies while simultaneously looking ahead to its future, The Curriculum Studies Reader continues to be the most authoritative collection in the field.


Praise for previous editions:

"This Reader is a beginning to study, not an ending. It invites readers to think carefully and, then, to join with colleagues in the construction of decisions about real curriculum questions in real schools for real students."

-- O. L. Davis, Jr., Catherine Mae Parker Centennial Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin

"…will be of interest to all who want to know why we teach what we teach in schools."

-- Harvard Educational Review

Table of Contents



I. Looking Back: A Prologue to Curriculum Studies

1. Scientific Method in Curriculum-Making

Franklin Bobbitt

2. A critical Consideration of the New Pedagogy in its Relation to Modern Science

Maria Montessori

3. My Pedagogic Creed

John Dewey

4. The Public School and the Immigrant Child

Jane Addams

5. Dare the School Build a New Social Order

George S. Counts

II. Curriculum At Education’s Center Stage

6. Basic Principles of Curriculum and Instruction

Ralph W. Tyler

7. The Rise of Scientific Curriculum-Making and Its Aftermath

Herbert M. Kliebard

8. Man: A Course of Study

Jerome S. Bruner

9. Objectives

W. James Popham

10. Education Objectives – Help or Hindrance

Elliot W. Eisner

11. The Daily Grind

Phillip W. Jackson

12. Curriculum and Consciousness

Maxine Greene

III. Reconceptualizing Curriculum Theory

13. The Reconceptualization of Curriculum Studies

William E. Pinar

14. Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Paulo Freire

15. Controlling the Work of Teachers

Michael W. Apple

16. The Paideia Proposal

Mortimer Adler

17. The False Promise of the Paideia: A Cricitcal Review of the Paideia Proposal

Nel Noddings

18. Implementation as Mutual Adaptation: Change in Classroom Organization Milbrey Wallin McLaughlin

IV. After a Century of Curriculum Thought: Change and Continuity

19. The Four R’s – An Alternative to the Tyler Rational

William R. Doll Jr.

20. Centripetal Thinking in Curriculum Studies

Peter Hlebowitsh

21. High-Stakes Testing and Curriculum Control: A Qualitative Metasynthesis

Wayne Au

22. Standardizing Knowledge in a Multicultural Society

Christine Sleeter and Jamy Stillman

23. Outside the Core: Accountability in Tested and Untested Subjects

Leslie Siskin

24. What Does it Mean to Say a School is Doing Well?

Elliot W. Eisner

25. Subtractive Schooling, Caring Relations, and Social Capital in the Schooling of U.S. Mexican Youth

Angela Valenzuela

26. Teacher Experiences of Culture in the Curriculum

Elaine Chan

27. Interrupting Heteronormativity: Toward a Queer Curriculum Theory

Dennis Sumara and Brent Davis

28. Silence on Gays and Lesbians in Social Studies Curriculum

Stephen J. Thornton

29. Gender Perspectives on Educating for Global Citizenship

Peggy McIntosh.

30. Moving Beyond Fidelity Expectations: Rethinking Curriculum Reform for Controversial Topics in Post-Communist Setting

Thomas Misco

31. Complementary Curriculum: The Work of Ecologically Minded Teachers

Christy M. Moroye

32. Curriculum for the 21st Century

Nel Noddings

About the Editors

David J. Flinders is Professor of Curriculum Studies in the School of Education at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.

Stephen J. Thornton is Professor and Chair of the Department of Secondary Education at the University of South Florida, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula