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Berman, Louise M.

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

From the first book that brought Louise Berman recognition as a scholar in the field of curriculum studies (New Priorities in the Curriculum, 1968) to her present scholarship, the centrality of ethical decision making to improve the human condition is her continuing priority for curriculum. The influence of her humanities-inspired approach to curriculum studies can be traced to her childhood, educational pathways chosen, and her compelling interest in literature and language as a prior student of English literature. Just as the humanities seek to explore and understand forms of human existence with a focus on the ethical life, the just society, and educated citizenry, the themes in Berman's curriculum scholarship reveal her commitment to these ideals. The heart of her curriculum inquiry is rooted ...

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