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Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies

Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies

Two Volume Set
Edited by:

February 2010 | 1 064 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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The study of curriculum, beginning in the early 20th century, first served the areas of school administration and teaching and was used to design and develop programs of study. The field subsequently expanded and drew upon disciplines from the arts, humanities, and social sciences to examine larger educational forces and their effects upon the individual, society, and conceptions of knowledge. Curriculum studies now embraces an array of academic scholarship in relation to personal and institutional needs and interests while it also focuses upon a diverse and complex dynamic among educational experiences, practices, settings, actions, and theories.

The Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies provides a comprehensive introduction to the academic field of curriculum studies for the scholar, student, teacher, and administrator. This two-volume set serves to inform and to introduce terms, events, documents, biographies, and concepts to assist the reader in understanding aspects of this rapidly changing, expansive, and contested field of study.

Key Features

  • Displays different perspectives by having authors contribute independent essays on the nature and future of curriculum studies
  • Presents a unique and in-depth treatment of the Twenty-Sixth Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education (NSSE), a 1927 publication that has taken on legendary dimensions for the field of curriculum studies
  • Contains bibliographic entries which feature specific publications by curriculum leaders that helped to define the field
  • Helps readers to learn unfamiliar terms and concepts, to become more comfortable with specialized phrases, and to understand the many significant and perplexing concepts and questions that characterize the field

Key Themes

  • Biography and Prosopography
  • Concepts and Terms
  • Content Descriptions
  • Influences on Curriculum Studies
  • Inquiry and Research
  • Nature of Curriculum Studies
  • Organizations, Schools, and Projects
  • Publications
  • Theoretical Perspectives
  • Types of Curricula

The Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies offers the careful reader a surprisingly revealing depiction of the conventions, mores, and accepted research and writing practices of the field of curriculum studies as it continues to expand and change. Availability in print and electronic formats provides students with convenient, easy access, wherever they may be.

"....Each article has its own distinctive writing style, and each provides succinct statements that allow readers to learn unfamiliar terms, concepts, and ideas that contribute to understanding a very specialized field.... This title is unique in the inclusion of group biographies that portray universities whose faculties have influenced the development of the field....Universities with large undergraduate populations looking for a basic treatment of curriculum studies will find this a quality resource for their collections. Summing Up: Essential. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers. ****"

R. L. Wadham
Brigham Young University
Key features

The Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies consists of two volumes, beginning with a general introduction to Curriculum Studies by the editor, 50 long essays (about 5,000 words each), 250 entries (about 1,500 words each), and 250 short entries (about 500 words each), totaling approximately 650,000 words.

Representative topics include: 

  • Origins, definitions, dimensions, and variations on Curriculum Studies
  • Curriculum development and design for schools
  • Curricular purpose, implementation, and evaluation
  • Contemporary issues, e.g., standards, tests, and accountability
  • Curricular dimensions of teaching and teacher education
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives on institutionalized curriculum
  • Informal curricula of homes, mass media, workplaces, organizations, and relationships
  • Impact of race, class, gender, health, belief, appearance, place, ethnicity, language
  • Relationships of curriculum and poverty, wealth, and related factors
  • Modes of curriculum inquiry and research
  • Curriculum as cultural studies, exploring the formation of identities and possibilities
  • Corporate, state, church, and military influence as curriculum
  • Global and international perspectives on curriculum
  • Curriculum organizations, journals, and resources
  • Summaries of books and articles on curriculum studies
  • Biographic vignettes of key persons in curriculum studies
  • Relevant photographs

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