ERIC Number: ED179533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Content Decision-Making and the Politics of Education. Research Series No. 52.
Schwille, John; And Others
The political implications of decisions on curriculum content are discussed. A review of the literature on school policies is analyzed with particular consideration of who determines what will be studied in the classroom and what bias may be reflected in textbook selection. It is argued that while it is generally assumed that boards of education determine what shall be taught in the schools, teachers actually have a greater impact on what children actually learn. By choosing what to emphasize in a course, by selecting certain methods of teaching subjects, and by preferring one textbook over another, teachers, in effect, make policy, and this is, in essence, a political action. (JD)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Educational Policy, Governance, School District Autonomy, Standards, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role, Textbook Selection
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, Michigan 48824 ($2.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Politics of Education Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)