Curriculum: From Theory to Practice by Wesley Null

By Wesley Null

Curriculum: From concept to Practice introduces readers to curriculum idea and the way it pertains to school room perform. Wesley Null offers a distinct association of the curriculum box into 5 traditions: systematic, existential, radical, pragmatic, and deliberative. He discusses the philosophical foundations of curriculum in addition to ancient and modern figures who've formed every one curriculum culture. also, after a bankruptcy on all the 5 views, Null offers case stories that describe sensible and particular curriculum difficulties that in general come up inside of basic faculties, heart faculties, excessive faculties, and universities. students and practitioners alike are given possibilities to perform resolving curriculum difficulties via deliberation. each one case examine makes a speciality of a severe factor equivalent to the implementation of kingdom curriculum criteria, the try and reform middle curriculum inside universities, and the advanced perform of curriculum making

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To the extent that Dewey addresses curriculum questions, he answers them in a theoretic way that pays scant attention to the practical side of curriculum making. Despite the fact that Dewey is known as one of the fathers of pragmatic philosophy, he does not provide sufficient guidance for how to address the daily decisions that practitioners face. Dewey deserves credit for successfully bringing democracy and education together in the way a political philosopher perhaps should do, but he did not take on the more difficult challenge of bringing democracy and curriculum together in a realistic way.

By doing so, your knowledge of education and teaching will grow, and your success as a teacher will follow as well. ■ xxix Introduction What Is Curriculum and Why Does It Matter? E veryone who discusses teachers, schools, or education uses the term curriculum. The word is unavoidable. Few people, however, stop to think about what curriculum means or what it takes to create a good curriculum. Even fewer people ask questions about what curriculum is for, what should serve as the proper foundation for curriculum making, and how we should go about making curriculum decisions.

Curriculum matters as a specialized field of study as well. Universities, national and state departments of education, local school districts, and individual schools rely upon curriculum specialists. If curriculum specialists are to be employed in these roles, they need specialized preparation that will help them and the institutions they serve. In our world of competing interest groups and conflicting views on a host of social and political topics, curriculum specialists must be creative, thoughtful, and socially astute people who understand the various levels of curriculum planning and execution.

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