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The Curriculum and the Child

The Selected Works of John White, 1st Edition

By John White


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John White has spent the last thirty-five years researching, teaching, thinking and writing about some of the key and enduring issues in philosophy of education. He has contributed over thirty books and 140 articles to the field.

In this book he brings together sixteen of his key writings in one place for the first time. Starting with a specially written introduction, John White gives an overview of his career and contextualises his selection within the development of the field. The chapters cover:

  • mind
  • state and curriculum
  • well-being
  • politics
  • curriculum subjects.

This important text not only shows how John White’s thinking developed during his long and distinguished career, it also gives an insight into the development of the fields to which he contributed.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: The Child's Mind 1. Intelligence and the Logic of the Nature-Nurture Issue 2. The Education of the Emotions 3. Motivating Children 4. Puritan Intelligence Part 2: The State-Controlled Curriculum 5. The End of the Compulsory Curriculum 6. Should Schools Determine their own Curricula? 7. The Aims of Education in the Liberal Democratic State 8. Rethinking the School Curriculum Part 3: Well-being Aims 9. The Problem of Self-Interest: The Educator’s Perspective 10. Education and Personal Well-Being in a Secular Universe 11. Education, Work and Well-Being 12. Education, the Market and the Nature of Personal Well-Being 13. Education and Nationality Part 4: Subjects 14. The Roots of Philosophy 15. The Arts, Well-Being and Education 16. Should Mathematics be Compulsory for all until the Age of 16?

About the Author

John White recently retired as Professor of Philosophy of Education from the Institute of Education, UK. He has been researching and writing about education for over 35 years and is internationally renown for his work in the field.

About the Series

World Library of Educationalists

The World Library of Educationalists celebrates the important contributions to education made by leading experts in their individual fields of study. Each scholar has compiled a career-long collection of what they consider to be their finest pieces: extracts from books, journals, articles, major theoretical and practical contributions, and salient research findings.

For the first time ever the work of each contributor is presented in a single volume so readers can follow the themes and progress of their work and identify the contributions made to, and the development of, the fields themselves.

The distinguished careers of the selected experts span at least two decades and include Richard Aldrich, Stephen J. Ball, Elliot W. Eisner, John Elliott, Howard Gardner, John Gilbert, Ivor F. Goodson, David Hargreaves, David Labaree and E.C. Wragg.

Each book in the series features a specially written introduction by the contributor giving an overview of their career, contextualizing their selection within the development of the field, and showing how their own thinking developed over time.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten