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Struggle for the American Curriculum The

  • By: Kenneth Teitelbaum
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

In 1961, Lawrence Cremin published his landmark study, The Transformation of the School: Progressivism in American Education, 1876 1957, in which he identified a progressive education movement comprising an array of theorists and policy makers and asserted that it had a significant influence on public education until the movement's rapid collapse after World War II. Twenty-five years later, Herbert Kliebard presented a compelling, meticulously detailed account that questioned the existence of a cohesive progressive education movement as well as the movement's impact on U.S. education. In The Struggle for the American Curriculum, 18931958, which was revised in 1995 and 2004, Kliebard portrays this 65-year period as more about competing ideas and policies and less about a unified progressive approach to educational (and social) change. Rather ...

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