Problems, Politics, and Possibilities
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This book examines six major areas of theory and practice that exemplify the field of curriculum: the historical dimensions of the field; planning and organizing the curricula for the public schools; the problem of selecting appropriate content for inclusion in the curriculum; the effect of the workplace of teaching on curriculum theory and development; technology and curriculum; and problems of evaluation. Multiple perspectives are included within each of these major areas, and the various authors help to disentangle both the political and ethical differences among competing perspectives. Beyer and Apple's book extends the scope of recent critically-oriented work in the curriculum field, clarifying both the conceptual and practical dimensions of curriculum decision-making.
Landon E. Beyer is in the Department of Education at Cornell College. Michael W. Apple is in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
"In this time of a conservative anti-intellectual backlash, this volume is most significant. It is both important in itself and for the field. A good strong volume. Excellent work. " — Steven Selden
"I am very enthusiastic about this volume. The editors are two of the most insightful scholars in curriculum (and related areas) studies today. They are eminently qualified to write about the political and value dimensions of curriculum, and they have chosen a fine set of authors for the articles included.
"It puts values, politics, and ideology at center stage in curriculum discourse. By reasserting the question of worth as central to curriculum (in contrast to technical matters of 'how to deliver'), the editors have made a major contribution to curriculum. The authors provide insights into curriculum history, planning, epistemology, technology, evaluation, and the work of teachers. The latter is often neglected and is of utmost importance to help prevent the deskilling of the profession. " — William H. Schubert