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Rubin, Beth C.; Ayala, Jennifer; Zaal, Mayida – Curriculum Inquiry, 2017
Motivated by the addition of a curriculum standard for active citizenship into New Jersey's social studies standards a group of educators and researchers set out to integrate an action research curriculum, based on a youth participatory action research (YPAR) model, into social studies classrooms. Adapting YPAR, with its promising blend of…
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Action Research, Educational Research, Social Studies
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Parker, Walter C.; Lo, Jane C. – Curriculum Inquiry, 2016
Advanced high-school courses, such as Advanced Placement (AP) courses in the United States, present a content selection conundrum of major proportions. Judicious content selection is necessary if students are to learn subject matter meaningfully, but the sheer breadth of tested material in these courses promotes nearly the opposite:…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Course Content, Government (Administrative Body), Political Science
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Patrick, Margaretta L. – Curriculum Inquiry, 2015
The inclusion of religion in public education remains contentious in many countries, including Canada. As multiple religions fill the public sphere, some religious education is necessary if Canadians are to understand each other. Social studies is seen as an appropriate subject to include such education given its foci on diversity and citizenship.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Religious Education, Secondary Education, Social Studies
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Bascia, Nina; Carr-Harris, Shasta; Fine-Meyer, Rose; Zurzolo, Cara – Curriculum Inquiry, 2014
It is commonly understood that policy makers make curriculum policy and teachers implement it. Some teachers, however, have been in on the ground floor of curriculum policy development. Driven by events in their life histories and teaching contexts, these teachers develop and teach original course material in their own classrooms. Over time they…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Curriculum Development, Teacher Collaboration
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Wong, Marina – Curriculum Inquiry, 2013
This article reports the development of integrated arts curriculum in two Hong Kong secondary schools over a 9-year period. Initial findings display a range of individual responses to educational change that are both non-predictable and non-linear. Chaos theory is used to explain these varied responses in terms of bifurcations. The findings of…
Descriptors: Art Education, Integrated Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries
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Fenwick, Lisl – Curriculum Inquiry, 2012
This study presents an analysis of the consequences for students when performance assessment and differentiation practices are combined, as part of attempts to increase minimum standards within upper-secondary schooling. Recent standards-based curriculum reform in Australia demonstrates how a focus on minimum levels of achievement can limit the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Performance Based Assessment, Academic Standards, Educational Change