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HisTorical researcH

  • By: Wayne J. Urban
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Historical research has enriched the study of many areas in the field of education, including curriculum studies. At least since late in the 19th century, historical work has illuminated the study of the curriculum in elementary and secondary schools and to a lesser extent in higher education. Early pioneers in the field, such as Robert Quick, looked back to the Renaissance as the age that rediscovered the classics and, thereby, defined the parameters of the school curriculum and the issues that would be engaged in attempts to change it. Quick's work details the educational thinkers who critiqued, and defended, the classics from the time of the Renaissance to the late 19th century when he was writing. His represented an intellectual history approach to the study ...

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