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Curriculum Policy: A Reader

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30 Nov 1990
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
160 pages - 156 x 234 x 8mm
Open University


Throughout the last decade there has been an unprecedented amount of activity in curriculum policy, and recent years have seen the acceleration of that activity following the Education Reform Act of 1988. This reader is a selection of work which addresses some of the more complex ideas and debates surrounding curriculum policy. The book is divided into three parts, the first section describes the background to recent curriculum policy, the second section looks at a variety of ways of constructing the curriculum, all of which have an impact on policy, while the third section offers a series of critiques on current policy, in particular the immediate impact of the ERA and of vocationalism, of market forces and strong central control.
Preface. Introduction. Part 1: Background. Education and the national economy, J.R. Hough. The growth of central influence on the curriculum, G. Kirk. Part 2: Constructing the Curriculum: Alternative Positions. Curriculum styles and strategies, G. Heathcote, R. Kempa & I. Roberts. The British disease: a British tradition? M. Mathieson & G. Bernbaum. What hopes for liberal education? C. Bailey. The myth of cultural relativism, R. Scruton. Part 3: Critiques of Policies. Conservative modernization, K. Jones. The new right and the national curriculum: state control or market forces? G. Whitty. Explaining economic decline and teaching children about industry: some unintended continuities? J. Ahier. Index.

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