"Vic Kelly's writing is always concise and informative, but also at times challenging."
"A most comprehensive text that takes the reader beyond content/balance issues values, beliefs and assumptions on the curriculum."
This is the Sixth Edition of a book that has been regularly revised and updated since it was first published in 1977. A.V. Kelly's now classic work focuses on the philosophical and political dimensions of curriculum, and especially on the implications for schools and societies of various forms of curriculum.
The author outlines what form a curriculum should take if it is concerned to promote a genuine form of education for a genuinely democratic society. Kelly summarizes and explains the main aspects of curriculum theory, and shows how these can and should be translated into practice, in order to create an educational and democratic curriculum for all schools at all levels.
The author also seeks to show that the politicization of the school curriculum has led to the establishment of policies and practices which demonstrate a failure to understand these principles of curriculum theory and practice. As a result, policies and practices have been implemented which fall short of being adequate.
In view of the rapid pace of educational change imposed by various governments over the last 35 years, including New Labor, this book is now more relevant than ever.
New to the 6th edition:
- Updated pedagogical features including points for discussion and further reading
- An incorporation of current users' feedback
Deals with the Blair era in its entirety