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Curriculum Development in Relation to Social and Intellectual Systems


by James B. MacDonald 1971

The development of the curriculum in the American public schools has been primarily a historical accident. Any description or statement of what the curriculum consists of is essentially a political and/or ethical document rather than a scientific or technical one. It is a statement which indicates the outcome of a very complex interaction of groups, pressures, and events which are most often sociopolitical in motivation and which result in decisions about what ought to be.


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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. 95-112
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19525, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 1:22:31 AM

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  • James MacDonald
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
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    JAMES B. MACDONALD is a Professor at the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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