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Curriculum Knowledge

  • By: Edmund C. Short
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Curriculum knowledge can be taken to mean a number of things: the subject matter that falls within the curriculum of a school or college, the substantive learning acquired by students upon engaging in a program of study, and the expertise possessed by professionals who specialize in designing, maintaining, or changing curricular programs in educational settings. In this encyclopedia entry, curriculum knowledge refers to none of these meanings, but rather to the kind of knowledge that results from deliberate inquiry into curriculum research questions. It is the product of attempting to gain understanding of quandaries related to curriculum through formal, acceptable knowledge-producing inquiry processes. This kind of inquiry seeks curriculum knowledge on virtually anything that might be relevant to thinking about or making practical decisions ...

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