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Knowledge, Power, and a General Curriculum

by Thomas S. Popkewitz - 1988

This essay focuses upon the tensions around the issues of general education and the common curriculum by considering the relation of knowledge to power. It recognizes that there are general and seemingly transcendent values about democracy and reason that we wish to maintain in schooling. But, however noble our hopes, curriculum is a socially constructed practice and is politically bound.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 87, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 89 Number 6, 1988, p. 69-93
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18965, Date Accessed: 6/1/2020 1:39:11 AM

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  • Thomas Popkewitz
    University of Wisconsin—Madison
    THOMAS S. POPKEWITZ is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.
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