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Synoptic Textbooks

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

Synoptic textbooks were developed to summarize and conceptualize curriculum literature for curriculum leaders and burgeoning scholars as it began to expand and differentiate during the first half of the 20th century. The term synoptic text in curriculum literature was first used in 1980 by William H. Schubert and Ann Lopez Schubert in Curriculum Books: The First Eighty Years. Application of the term to curriculum studies derives from the theological labeling of the Christian Bible's New Testament gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) as synoptic because they provide synopses of the life of Jesus Christ. Historically, another source called Q has not been located, but is believed to contain many direct quotations of Christ. Metaphoric use of synoptic in curriculum studies then sees synoptic curriculum textbooks as ...

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