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Institutionalized Text Perspectives

  • By: Walter S. Gershon
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Institutionalized text perspectives can be understood as an answer to the following question: What does institutionalized text mean and for whom do such meanings count? The answers to this question are highly dependent upon how one defines text. In curriculum studies, constructions of text in general and of institutionalized text in specific most often fall under two overarching categories. On one hand are those scholars such as Suzanne deCastell, Michael W. Apple, and Linda Christian-Smith whose work has focused on critical examinations of textbooks used by teachers and students in classrooms. On the other are scholars such as William F. Pinar, Willam Reynolds, Patrick Slattery, and Peter Taubman's Understanding Curriculum, a work that is organized according to how curriculum scholars read sociocultural interactions, tendencies, and ...

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