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Curriculum Theory

Curriculum Theory
Conflicting Visions and Enduring Concerns

Second Edition

April 2012 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The essential, comprehensive guide for developing and evolving your educational vision

The Second Edition of Curriculum Theory: Conflicting Visions and Enduring Concerns presents a clear, unbiased, and rigorous description of the major curriculum philosophies that have influenced educators and schooling over the last century. Author Michael Stephen Schiro analyzes four educational visions—Scholar Academic, Social Efficiency, Learner Centered, and Social Reconstruction—to enable readers to reflect on their own educational beliefs, and more productively interact with educators who might hold different beliefs.

Chapter 1: Introduction to the Curriculum Ideologies
Chapter 2: Scholar Academic Ideology
Chapter 3: Social Efficiency Ideology
Chapter 4: Learner Centered Ideology
Chapter 5: Social Reconstruction Ideology
Chapter 6: A Comparative Overview of the Curriculum Ideologies
Chapter 7: Individual Perspectives on the Curriculum Ideologies
Appendix: Curriculum Ideologies Inventory
About the Author

Helps with course planning. Too advanced for the level of the course.

Margaret Ferrara
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University of Nevada - Reno
January 1, 2013
Key features


  • In Chapter 2, the section on teaching was reorganized and a new subsection added on Teachers as Transmitters, Mediators, or Translators.
  • Several new sections on the Learner Centered ideology, including one major section that provides a description and analysis of a Learner Centered curriculum. Other sections include elements such as a discussion of the relationship between knowledge and experience, and the nature and structure of the learning environment of the ideology.
  • Seven new sections have been added to Chapter 6, including six play in which four teachers discuss their beliefs about enduring curricular issues and related current "hot" curriculum topics in ways that highlight the differences between the ideologies.
  • An additional section in Chapter 6 discusses differences in how each of the ideologies takes advantage of the use of technology in curriculum and during instruction.

Visit for access to valuable extension activities for each chapter. In addition, the following additional activities are available at this site:

  • Curriculum ideologies inventory
  • Curriculum scope, sequence, integration, and continuity simulation
  • Curriculum materials
  • Example of an ideologies play
  • Comments on extension activities for faculty teaching courses on curriculum

Sample Materials & Chapters


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