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Individuality, Commonality, and Curricular Practice


by John I. Goodlad 1999

This chapter addresses four questions. First, what general characteristics of individual differences among learners appear to be particularly significant for curriculum planning? Second, what considerations appear to call for balance in accommodating individuality on one hand and providing some commonality in curricula on the other? Third, what appears to be the current state of practice in elementary and secondary schooling with respect to these dual concerns? Fourth, what are some promising directions for adjusting apparent deficiencies and imbalances?


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 98, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 100 Number 6, 1999, p. 300-318
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18750, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 6:04:03 PM

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  • John Goodlad
    University of Washington
    JOHN I. GOODLAD is Professor of Education and Director of the Center for Educational Renewal, College of Education, University of Washington.
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