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Curriculum and Aims & Curriculum: Prespective, Paradigm, and Possibility


reviewed by Michael W. Apple & Ralph W. Tyler 1987

coverTitle: Curriculum and Aims & Curriculum: Prespective, Paradigm, and Possibility
Author(s): Decker F. Walker, Jonas F. Soltis
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807736759, Pages: 130, Year: 1997
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No matter how hard curriculum “technicians” try to keep curriculum concerns as purely instrumental matters, reality keeps rearing its head. The language of efficiency, of standardization, of cost accountability, of bureaucratic rationalization—always promising to become the primary if not the only way we deal with curriculum—seems never to quite succeed in placing a lid on other even more powerful curriculum issues. Somehow, politics and values keep entering into curriculum deliberations, creating difficulties not easily dealt with under the rubrics of management ideologies. The content of the curriculum continues to be a source of social conflict. The pedagogy that accompanies the curriculum and the evaluation procedures that come with it as well are subject to criticism by groups with distinctly different educational and ideological visions. In the real world of education, the simple theories of curriculum workers dressed up as accountants and systems managers seem to be just that—too simple. This should... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 88 Number 4, 1987, p. 598-608
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 649, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 2:44:44 PM

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