The Guide to Curriculum in Education illuminates how four commonplaces of curriculum--subject matter, teachers, learners, and milieu--are interdependent and interconnected in curriculum making and the ties between and controversies over public debate, policy making, university scholarship, and school practice in defining and developing curricula. Complex traditions of curriculum scholarship are traced to illuminate curriculum ideas, issues, perspectives, and possibilities. A major goal is to highlight and explicate how subject matter, teachers, learners, and context or environment are interdependent and interconnected in decision-making processes that involve local and state school boards and government agencies, educational institutions, and curriculum stakeholders at all levels. Key Features: • Organized around four parts as articulated by curriculum scholar Joseph J. Schwab: subject matter, teachers, learners, and milieu • Brief, objective chapters of 5,000 words each provide student readers with more depth than found in an encyclopedia entry • Chapters focus on key contemporary concerns and provide Further Reading suggestions for students wishing to explore a topic in more detail • The Guide focuses on 55 topical chapters organized in four parts: Subject Matter as Curriculum, Teachers as Curriculum, Students as Curriculum, and Milieu as Curriculum This guide will serve as a general, non-technical resource for students and researchers within education programs who seek to better understand the four commonplaces of curriculum and how it influences various aspects within the field of education.

Curriculum Imagination as Subject Matter

Curriculum Imagination as Subject Matter

Curriculum imagination as subject matter
Robert L. Lake

Educators and members of the general public often hear that imagination is one of the major purposes of curriculum and teaching. Others counter by saying that we don’t want students to be overly imaginative without being practical and serious. What lies behind these positions? Is an imaginative citizenry wanted, or is it feared because it might push against too many of our basic convictions and assumptions?

Imagination is a term that has been appropriated in recent years in a wide range of commercial interests from public relations concerns and advertising firms, to super-high-technology movie studios. Most of these uses of the word focus on selling or improving products. In this present climate of schooling ...

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