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The Reforms of the Fifties and Sixties: A Historical Look at the Near Past


by Robert M. McClure — 1971

The American public, in mid-century, was no longer so willing to trust the efficacy of public education. By the mid-sixties, determined that the schools must remedy the nation's increasingly visible social ills, the federal government had become an active partner in the educational enterprise. What curricular changes were taking place in these decades? Rather than chronicling projects or examining in detail the curricular "Alphabet Soup," this chapter will instead identify the influences, the influencers, and the results of the curricular reform movement of the fifties and the sixties. It will discuss the atmosphere— rather than the specifics—of change; it will deal with the new players and new roles in curriculum development; and, lastly, it will examine in some detail two new curricula that typify contrasting theories of contemporary instructional philosophy.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 70, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 72 Number 5, 1971, p. 45-75
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19523, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 12:49:13 AM

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