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ERIC Number: ED216348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Reconceptualizing Back-To-Basics.
Edelsberg, Charles
Noting that it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what back to basics advocates really mean by "basics," this paper suggests three interpretations: one dealing with skills, one with subject matter, and one with values. The first section of the paper places each of these interpretations in historical perspective, demonstrates how each devalues cultural diversity, and illustrates the idea that curriculum in the three versions of the basics is primarily a matter of product selection, materials adoption, or the like. The second section of the paper uses the subject of remedial English to demonstrate how the skills approach to the basics especially promotes cultural ethnocentrism and the political status quo. The last section discusses one basic skills improvement program that is trying to implement a version of the basics reconceptualized as mental operations used by individuals to solve problems. (FL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Back to Basics
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).