5th Edition

The Curriculum Studies Reader

ISBN 9781138121461
Published January 5, 2017 by Routledge
490 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In this fifth edition of David J. Flinders and Stephen J. Thornton’s ground-breaking anthology, the editors assemble the best in past and present curriculum studies scholarship. From John Dewey’s nineteenth-century creed to Nel Noddings’ provocative twenty-first-century analysis of the Common Core, this thoughtful combination of well-recognized and pivotal work provides a complete survey of the discipline, coupled with concrete examples of innovative curriculum and an examination of current topics. New to this edition is a dynamic set of contemporary contributions tackling issues such as gender, sexuality, race, and ecology in curriculum scholarship and practice, as well as an additional historical piece from Paulo Freire.

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.

Table of Contents





  1. 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 Meaning of Curriculum in Dewey’s Lab School

    Laurel N. Tanner

    5. The Public School and the Immigrant Child

    Jane Addams

    6. Dare the School Build a New Social Order?

    George S. Counts

  2. Curriculum At Education’s Center Stage
  3. 7. Basic Principles of Curriculum and Instruction

    Ralph W. Tyler

    8. Was There Really a Social Efficiency Doctrine? The Uses and Abuses of an Idea in Educational History

    Thomas Fallace and Victoria Fantozzi

    9. Man: A Course of Study

    Jerome S. Bruner

    10. Objectives

    W. James Popham

    11. Education Objectives – Help or Hindrance

    Elliot W. Eisner

    12. A Naturalistic Model for Curriculum Development

    Decker F. Walker

    13. Curriculum and Consciousness

    Maxine Greene

  4. Reconceptualizing Curriculum Theory
  5. 14. The Reconceptualization of Curriculum Studies

    William E. Pinar

    15. The Adult Literacy Process as Cultural Action for Freedom

    Paulo Freire

    16. The Paideia Proposal

    Mortimer Adler

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

    Nel Noddings

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

    19. Black Curriculum Orientations: A Preliminary Inquiry

    William H. Watkins

    20. How Schools Shortchange Girls: Three Perspectives on Curriculum.

    American Association of University Women (AAUW)

    How Schools Shortchange Girls: The AAUW Report, American Association of University Women (AAUW)

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

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

Angela Valenzuela

22. Standardizing Knowledge in a Multicultural Society

Christine Sleeter and Jamy Stillman

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

Wayne Au

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

Elliot W. Eisner

25. Teacher Experiences of Culture in the Curriculum

Elaine Chan

26. The Bulling Curriculum: Gender, Sexualities, and the New Authoritarian Populism in Education.

Dennis Carlson.

27. Complementary Curriculum: The Work of Ecologically Minded Teachers

Christy M. Moroye

28. Too Many People Are Going to College

Charles Murray

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

Thomas Misco

30. "We Are the New Oppressed": Gender, Culture, and the Work of Home Schooling.

Michael W. Apple

31. How Language Limits Our Understanding of Environmental Education

C. A. Bowers

32. The Common Core Standards

Nel Noddings

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

Stephen J. Thornton is Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of South Florida, Tampa, USA.


"The Curriculum Studies Reader (2017), edited by David J. Flinders and Stephen J. Thornton, provides a suitable introductory text through primary readings of theorists such as John Dewey, Maria Montessori, and W. James Popham, among others. The editors do well in the first half of the book in grouping contrasting arguments that provide context for understanding divergent ideologies of curriculum theory." - David L. Acevedo, Educational Review