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Beyond the National Curriculum : Curricular Centralism and Cultural Diversity in Europe and the USA - Professor David Coulby

Beyond the National Curriculum

Curricular Centralism and Cultural Diversity in Europe and the USA

Hardcover Published: 15th June 2000
ISBN: 9780750709736
Number Of Pages: 148

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The National Curriculum is due for review. This is a central area of educational debate in England and Wales. Increasingly politicians and their entourages are looking for quick fixes from abroad to solve what they see to be problems in the educational system of the UK. Drawing on insights from other European curricular systems, this provocative book will contribute, in a timely way, to the debate on reformations of the National Curriculum. The style is concise, with points for discussion and lists of further reading. debate in England and Wales. Increasingly politicians are looking for quick fixes from abroad to solve what they see to be problems in the educational system. Drawing on insights from other European curricular systems, this volume will contribute, in a timely way, to the debate on the reformations of the National Curriculum. The style is short and concise, with points for discussion and lists of further reading. _

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"He severely questions the appropriateness of the shift towards curricular centralism and of the resulting curricula for the societies they are presumably designed to serve. It is the very growing divversity, he argues, that leads to the urge to centralize knowledge, but that solution only marginalizes large parts of the population." -Reference & Research Book News

Series Editors' Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductory Remarksp. 1
Introduction: Transitions in Europe and the Central Role of Knowledgep. 3
Europe in Transitionp. 3
Eastern Europe in Transitionp. 4
Western Europe in Transitionp. 6
Education in Times of Transitionp. 7
Exemplification and Rhetorical Devicesp. 10
Discussion Questionsp. 11
Further Readingp. 11
The State Control of Knowledgep. 12
Knowledge Selection and Knowledge Selectorsp. 12
Level of Control, Rigour of Controlp. 15
Advantages of State-Controlled Curricular Systemsp. 18
Disadvantages of State-Controlled Curricular Systemsp. 19
England and Walesp. 23
Discussion Questionsp. 24
Further Readingp. 24
Cultural Diversity and State Knowledgep. 26
A Distinction: National Diversity and Urban Diversityp. 26
National Diversity in Western Europep. 27
National Diversity in Eastern Europep. 31
Theorizing Differencep. 33
Education and National Diversity: Introducing the Issuesp. 35
Urban Diversity in Western and Eastern Europep. 37
Diversity and Knowledge: Introducing the Issuesp. 39
Discussion Questionsp. 41
Further Readingp. 41
The Creation and Re-Creation of Tradition in Schools and Universitiesp. 42
Traditional Elements in the Curriculump. 42
Religionp. 43
The Family and the Bodyp. 46
Social Control and the Construction of Identityp. 47
Tradition, Culture and Civilization as We know itp. 50
Modernity and Postmodernity: Their Impact on Curricular Systemsp. 52
The Creation and Re-Creation of Traditionp. 56
Discussion Questionsp. 58
Further Readingp. 58
The Knowledge Economyp. 60
New Skills in the Workplacep. 60
Knowledge as a Trading Commodityp. 62
Educational Institutions in the Knowledge Economy: Universitivesp. 64
Education and the Knowledge Economy: Schoolsp. 66
Discussion Questionsp. 72
Further Readingp. 73
Modernist Knowledge and Prejudice: Special Educational Needsp. 74
Introductionp. 74
Knowledge Systems: Science and Normalityp. 74
Knowledge Protocols: Stratification and Normalityp. 80
Discussion Questionsp. 86
Further Readingp. 87
Knowledge and Warfarep. 88
Introductionp. 88
Foreign and First Language Policiesp. 89
History and Cultural Studiesp. 92
Religious Educationp. 94
Scientific Research and Development Programmesp. 97
Military Trainingp. 99
Training in Conformityp. 100
Discussion Questionsp. 102
Further Readingp. 102
State Knowledge and Identityp. 103
Marxism, Postmodernism and Educational Policy Formulationp. 103
Postmodernism and Curriculum Structurep. 107
State-Enforced Knowledgep. 109
Language, Curricula and Identityp. 111
Discussion Questionsp. 114
Further Readingp. 115
Referencesp. 116
Indexp. 124
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ISBN: 9780750709736
ISBN-10: 0750709731
Series: Master Classes in Education Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 148
Published: 15th June 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 17.15  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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