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Human Interests in the Curriculum: Teaching and Learning in a Technological Society


reviewed by Stephen T. Kerr - 1985

coverTitle: Human Interests in the Curriculum: Teaching and Learning in a Technological Society
Author(s): Robert V. Bullough, Jr., Stanley L. Goldstein, Ladd Holt
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0807727458, Pages: , Year:
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How do present-day patterns of curriculum organization and the assumptions that curriculum designers build into their programs affect the experiences of teachers and students who work with those curricula? The authors of this book see a real threat in a particular form of technical rationality that they find in many curricula today. That pattern of thought and expectation, which they term “technocratic-mindedness,” is seen as influencing the work teachers and students do, their satisfaction with it, and the assumptions they make about the purposes of learning and teaching. The book presents an assessment, from the standpoint of current critical theory, of five major educational programs in several subject areas. It illustrates what the authors take to be a pervasive infusion of technocratic values into the educational system; observations and interviews with teachers and students provide data that are interwoven into the fabric of discussion at appropriate points. The concern here is... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 87 Number 2, 1985, p. 283-286
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 692, Date Accessed: 8/18/2019 8:09:56 PM

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