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 and the Policy Milieu

Curriculum and the Policy Milieu

Curriculum and the policy milieu
Pamela J. KonkolJinting Wu

In To Dwell With a Boundless Heart (1998), David W. Jardine encourages us to see curriculum not as discrete subject matters or what goes on inside the classrooms but as an integrated ecological whole. This ecological whole is built on the idea of curriculum as an interrelated, generative, and ongoing domain, full of rich interpretations of and dialogues with the social, historical, and political world. Indeed, it is not difficult to find signs of powerful influences of the major social events and political debates—both national and global—on curriculum and policy making. For example, the Sputnik crisis and Cold War science paranoia spurred the United States to adopt the National Defense Education Act ...

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