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Curriculum Studies, The Nature Of: Essay 5

  • By: Marcella L. Kysilka
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

There are many interpretations of curriculum. Understanding what curriculum is must be based upon how curriculum relates to education. Curriculum is the framework upon which all other educational decisions are made. Curriculum is the what of education. Curriculum answers the perennial question raised by Herbert Spencer in his essay, “What Knowledge Is Most Worth?” Finding the answer lies in the field of curriculum studies: the examination of factors influencing curriculum thinking, the principles that guide the development and design of curriculum, and the implementation and assessment of the curriculum. Curriculum studies is a constantly evolving field of research that reflects the latest knowledge in psychology, sociology, and technology, while firmly planted in philosophy and history. Because knowledge is constantly growing and changing, curriculum studies reflects ...

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