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ERIC Number: ED050160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Pages: 62
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The Justification of Curricula.
Daniels, LeRoi B.
Actual attempts to justify curricula are differentiated from attempts to characterize the justification. Consideration of these first and second order types of justification reveal three phased components. These are: Evaluation of curricular effectiveness in attaining proposed goals; examination of the compatibility of these goals with a given value system; criticism of the value system itself. An attempt is made to outline and use such second order curricula justification. Recent works which have presented the basis for a more explicitly differentiated and coherent second order characterization of curricular justification are discussed and the logic of justification is considered with an analysis of four stages of justification: verification, validation, vindication, and rational choice. This analysis provides seven possible moves in attempting to justify something. One of these, the transcendental argument, is discussed in detail. The "grammar" of curriculum and some perspectives from which curricula can be evaluated are considered in conjunction with this type of justification. A comprehensive list of references is included for further exploration and research. (TA)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, New York, February 1971