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Mindless curriculum

  • By: William H. Schubert
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

The term mindless curriculum in curriculum studies, refers to policy and practice that instantiates curriculum without careful, reflective study, thought, or anticipation of consequences. Mindless curriculum is often reactive vis-à-vis social, political, and economic pressures and sometimes refers to deskilling teachers of their thoughtful propensities by teacher proofing the curriculumthat is, by telling local educators rules to follow rather than enabling them to exercise intelligent judgment. Mindless curriculum is critiqued in a widely touted study of schooling in the late 1960s by Charles Silberman, published as Crisis in the Classroom in 1971. Similarly, one can find criticism of mindlessness in John Goodlad's A Study of Schooling. In the main volume published from it, Goodlad depicts the status of schooling in the late 1970s and early ...

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