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Nash, Chris – Curriculum Inquiry, 1984
Addresses the problems of special education in the larger context of curriculum theory. Points out the inadequacy of considering such issues as mainstreaming, identification of exceptional students, and teacher training in isolation from more fundamental questions of learning goals or outcomes. (TE)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Gifted
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Holmes, Mark – Curriculum Inquiry, 1985
Discusses from a systems-theory perspective the goals and functions of secondary education--and conditions affecting its performance--in western societies. Suggests definitions of the fundamental choices facing schools and principles to guide educational reform. (MCG)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Objectives, Futures (of Society), Performance Factors
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Beyer, Landon E. – Curriculum Inquiry, 1985
Although "A Nation at Risk" identifies many legitimate problems, the report misconstrues their causes and proposes inappropriate solutions. By blaming schools for America's economic, military, and moral shortcomings, it deflects criticism from education's social, economic, and political context, which we must analyze if we seek a more…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education
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Derr, Richard L. – Curriculum Inquiry, 1984
Criticizing a conventional view on the subject, this essay distinguishes the concept of educating an individual--that is, transmitting knowledge of any kind--from that of developing an "educated person," and discusses the implications of this distinction for schools' purposes and curricula. (MCG)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Cognitive Structures, Cognitive Style, Curriculum
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McLaren, Peter – Curriculum Inquiry, 1988
This essay is a response to a review by Peter Gronn of the author's book "Schooling as a Ritual Performance." It addresses general issues raised by Gronn in order to situate the review in the larger context that addresses the failure of Gronn's mode of analysis. (TE)
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Marxian Analysis
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Gronn, Peter – Curriculum Inquiry, 1988
This essay is a response to Peter McLaren's response to the author's review of Peter McLaren's book "Schooling as a Ritual Performance." It asserts that McLaren has failed to address the three major criticisms of his book: an alleged forsaken entanglement with theory; an alleged hidden agenda; and an alleged reinforcement of dominant…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Marxian Analysis
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Walmsley, Sean A. – Curriculum Inquiry, 1981
The choice of a secondary reading program implies a goal or goals, and such goals are themselves derived from educational ideologies. The author identifies five ideologies and outlines their respective views on the purpose of reading, the definition of literacy, and the techniques and materials appropriate to a secondary reading program.…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Educational Objectives, Literacy, Reading Materials