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Metatheory

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

A metatheory represents a conceptual framework offering both normative and empirical foundations for theory. A metatheory of the curriculum studies has fallen on hard times from a postmodernist perspective. In modernist curriculum theory, the search has been to provide some sort of comprehensive structure of knowledge and its transference through a variety of competencies such as learning skills and methods of inquiry, the idea being that it is possible to synthesize existing educational theories under a grand scheme to achieve such an end. Such a desire can be found in many fields of knowledge. Physics searches for a unified field theory and a theory of everything while the International Encyclopedia of Unified Science had hoped for the same. However, it too fell on hard times ...

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