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Who Decides? The Basic Policy Issue


by Richard W. Clark 1988

Generally speaking, most of those who speak from the national and state level make statements of broad priorities. The specific events of the instructional episode, including the content students are expected to learn, are ultimately decided by the classroom teacher. A case can be made that the student is the ultimate decider in that he or she may willfully tune out or become involved in the intended curriculum, thus determining the "real" curriculum. However, our focus will remain on what is intended for students. Each of these decisions is a significant one and could be studied for its own sake. To some extent, as was obvious in the commentary on the drug abuse curriculum, the decision made at each level interacts with the decisions made at other levels.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 87, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 89 Number 5, 1988, p. 175-204
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18956, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 7:08:51 AM

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  • Richard Clark
    University of Washington
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    RICHARD W. CLARK works at the Center for Educational Renewal, University of Washington, and the Institute for Educational Inquiry in Seattle.
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