Curriculum Studies
Curriculum Studies

Goodson's work looks at the way curriculum is socially constructed and promotes the field of curriculum history...

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  • Publication cover Chapter: Becoming a School Subject

    This paper interrogates philosophical and sociological explanations of curriculum and develops a more grounded explanation of the process underpinning the process of school subjects.

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  • Publication cover Chapter: Chariots of Fire

    The word curriculum derives from the Latin word currere, which means to run, and refers to a course (or race-chariot). The implications of etymology are that curriculum is thereby defined as a course to be followed, or most significantly, presented.

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  • Publication cover Chapter: Conclusions, Complexities and Conjectures

    This paper provides a series of summaries of the main conclusion to come from the study published in the book 'School Subjects and Curriculum Change'.

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  • Publication cover Chapter: Nations at Risk

    This paper reviews the phenomenon of national curriculum as it has emerged in the Western world. It shows that the curriculum is being used as a response to nation building and the formation of a national identity at a time when globalisation is posing new threats to such identities.

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  • Publication cover Chapter: On Curriculum Form

    This paper reviews the crucial question of the form that curriculum takes as opposed to its content. It is argued that a major aspect of social reproduction not fully accounted for in most of the social theories is the form that curriculum takes.

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  • Publication cover Chapter: Representing Teachers

    This paper looks at new crisis of representation as it affects studies of teachers. It argues that new work on narrative and storying has much potential in elucidating the teacher’s work life but warns against too rapid and embrace of narrative where there is no contextual background provided.

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    This article scrutinises the part which social histories can play in studying the school curriculum. It examines the use of historical evidence in theoretical work and draws on parts of historical studies.

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  • Publication cover Chapter: The Story So Far

    This paper focuses on forms of enquiry variously called 'stories, narratives, personal knowledge, practical knowledge and personal practical knowledge'. The limits of this genre are explored and an argument for a more systematic life history presented.

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