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Ways of Knowing and Curricular Conceptions: Implications for Program Planning


by Elizabeth Vallance 1999

A distinction between Useful and Ornamental Knowledge is in many ways familiar to us. It parallels other dichotomies with which school people and the public struggle in setting priorities from the national to the individual school level. It echoes, for example, distinctions between required courses and electives, the basics and "frills," the core curriculum and its complements. These and other formulations attempt to make the necessary distinctions between what needs to be taught in school and what does not.


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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. 199-216
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18751, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 7:16:46 AM

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  • Elizabeth Vallance
    Saint Louis Art Museum
    ELIZABETH VALLANCE is the Director of Education at the Saint Louis Art Museum.
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