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Professors of Curriculum

  • By: Robert C. Morris
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

The organization known as the Professors of Curriculum (POC) had its beginnings in 1944 when Hollis Caswell of Teachers College, Columbia University, invited a group of colleagues to meet informally to discuss their work. They began their meetings close to the time that the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) was formed and began meeting formally at the annual ASCD Conferences in 1945. These individuals were seriously committed to informality (with no president or secretary). They did, however, decide to select a “factotum” each year to call the group together, and to be in charge of handling any issues or problems the group might have in coming together each year, such as hotel meeting space and refreshments. Attendance was extremely important, and failure to ...

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