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Curriculum Studies in Relation to the Field of Educational Foundations

  • By: Bernardo Gallegos
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

If one were to consider the intellectual genealogy of curriculum studies and social foundations of education, one could assert that they had many common ancestors. Both are in part descendents of politically and socially progressive early 20th-century thinkers and social reformers who were responding to the social, economic, and cultural contexts of the times. And finally both emerged from a strong, optimistic, and widely held belief that education could make the world better for a wider group of people. Although there was and continues to be a vibrant common area of overlap, the fields also evolved into separate entities.

The identity of social foundations of education has been characterized by a plurality since its birth. On the one hand, there were the cross-disciplinarians who were concerned ...

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