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ERIC Number: ED103976
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 26
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George Herbert Mead, Curriculum Theorist: The Curriculum Field and the Problem of Social Control.
Franklin, Barry M.
This paper is one of three presented at a symposium intended to suggest how historical studies of the curriculum field can aid in identifying alternative perspectives to the prevailing scientific-technical perspective, an orientation that has dominated the curriculum field since its inception as a formal area of study. This paper contends that inherent in the scientific-technical perspective is a commitment to social control that defines control in an exploitive sense, as a means of protecting the interests of the few over and above those of the majority of society. It is this notion of social control that has historically dominated American curriculum theory. Another notion of social control, one that defines control in a constructive sense, as a means of protecting the interests of all segments of society, is to be found in the work of George Herbert Mead. An examination of Mead's thought can counter the prevailing orientation of the curriculum field. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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