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Change and the Curriculum
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Change and the Curriculum

  • Geva M Blenkin - Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
  • Gwyn Edwards - Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
  • A V Kelly - Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

April 1992 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Through the work of the Schools Council and other national agencies, the difficulties of achieving effective curriculum change through centralized initiatives and directives have been well documented. At the same time the importance of teacher involvement in such activities, and the advantages of curriculum development over revolutionary innovation, have become plain. This knowledge and the understandings it has generated are important today, when unusually sweeping changes are being brought about in the school curriculum.

The authors of this book draw together these ideas to assist people promoting curriculum changes, as well as those on the receiving end of such projects.


 
PART ONE: THE CONCEPT OF CHANGE
 
Response to the Notion of Change
 
Technological Change and Social Change
 
Education and Change
 
Concepts of Curriculum
 
Summary and Conclusions
 
PART TWO: EDUCATIONAL CHANGE: A THEORETICAL OVERVIEW
 
Curriculum Change
The Background

 
 
Early Theories of Curriculum Change
 
Recent and Emergent Theoretical Perspectives
 
Summary and Conclusions
 
PART THREE: NATIONAL AGENCIES AND CURRICULUM CHANGE
 
Agencies for Supporting Curriculum Change and Development
 
The Impact of Agencies for Assessment and Monitoring
 
Agencies for Policy Implementation and Control
 
Summary and Conclusions
 
PART FOUR: SCHOOL-CENTRED INNOVATION
 
School-Centred Innovation
The Origins

 
 
School-Based Curriculum Development
 
Action Research
 
School Self-Evaluation and School-Based Review
 
Summary and Conclusions
 
PART FIVE: CURRICULUM CHANGE AND EDUCATIONAL DISCOURSE
 
Rhetoric
 
The Legitimation of Discourse
 
Summary and Conclusions

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