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Language Arts Education Curriculum, History of

  • By: Lynne M. Bailey
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

History of language arts education curricula refers to historical antecedents and underpinnings that have contributed to the general conception of language arts education curricula. This topic contributes to the larger study of curriculum by illustrating seminal work that formed the foundations for current practices and methodologies in the field of language arts education. This encyclopedia entry includes a brief review of early 20th-century trends in English education, an examination of how social and historical events have encouraged shifts in the perception and implementation of language arts curricula over time, and a subsequent review of how modern perceptions have once again evolved to reflect earlier conceptual notions.

Early 20th Century Trends

As early as 1917, policy statements and reports issued by the National Council of Teachers of English ...

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